Last month there were new demands from the Fire and Rescue Authorities for the law introduced in 2013 to be changed to make it mandatory for all landlords to install smoke alarms into homes they are renting out.
Currently only landlords who are renting out HMO’s (Houses in Multiple Occupation) are required by law to install smoke alarms which may come as a surprise to many.
The regulation to make it mandatory for all private landlords and their rental properties has been in the parliamentary consultation process since 2013, meanwhile 3.5 million privately rented homes are not legally required to have smoke alarms fitted.
Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the Local Government’s Fire Services Management Committee, said: “Many people will be shocked that most landlords are not obliged to install smoke alarms. The current laws are outdated and inadequate – and without question lives are being put at risk.
“While the majority of private landlords are reputable and voluntarily install alarms, there are a small minority who don’t, needlessly putting lives at risk. They have a duty of care to ensure their tenants are safe. This is why we are calling on the Government to enact the law and ensure all private landlords install smoke alarms – and save hundreds of lives every year.”*
It is such an inexpensive item to have fitted yet could save lives it should definitely be mandatory.
Many of our let properties are brand new and have been bought by investors and those properties of course have to have smoke detectors but this really should extend to all properties that are let out.
In a perfect world I would also like to see carbon monoxide detectors fitted as a mandatory requirement and also the electrical regulations updated to become a legal requirement like the gas regulations.