From October, landlords in Lancashire will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties to protect their tenants.
This means that all rented properties need to have smoke alarms on every floor, and carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms. Landlords who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms face sanctions and risk fines of up to £5,000.
Over to our Managing Director, Dave Dyer, to explain how Redrose Property Management is ensuring tenant safety and landlord compliance.
“We’ve taken actions to make sure that all of our properties are compliant with the new laws coming into place in October. Carbon monoxide detectors are fitted in houses with gas supplies, and smoke alarms are installed on each floor, of every property on our books.”
Tenants should ensure the alarms are tested by their letting agent at the start of their tenancy, though regular testing and battery changing will be the tenant’s responsibility.
It is impossible to see, smell or taste carbon monoxide, but if you’ve inhaled it you will suffer some or all of these symptoms and should seek medical help:
• Nausea or vomiting
• Tiredness and confusion
• Stomach pain
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
While more than 90% of homes have smoke alarms, the new nationwide law is expected to help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.
Dave also said: “In my opinion this level of guaranteed safety for tenants is well overdue, so this change to the law will improve letting standards across Lancashire and the rest of the country.”
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