The legislation and regulations regarding carbon monoxide alarms will soon be changing and will extend the existing requirements.
The new legislation, when introduced, will require landlords to:
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where there is a fixed combustion appliance (including a gas boiler) although gas cooker appliances are excluded.
- Repair or replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once they have been informed that they are faulty.
Currently, the legislation and regulations only require landlords to provide a carbon monoxide alarm to rooms with a solid fuel heating appliance. This includes log and coal burning stoves and open fireplaces, even if they are not normally in use.
The new legislation and regulations will now require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted to any room with fixed combustion appliances, such as boilers, warm air heaters, fires and water heaters but excluding gas cookers.
The announcement also states that landlords will be required to repair or replace faulty smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when reported.
These changes apply to both private and social landlords.
The government intends to progress these changes as soon as parliamentary time allows. They will amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 and Part J of the Building Regulations.
MP Eddie Hughes, of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says: ““Around 20 people are killed each year in accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many more through house fires – but we know that simple interventions can stop these needless deaths.”
“I’m proud that the new rules being proposed will ensure even more homes are fitted with life-saving alarms. Whether you own your home, are privately renting or in social housing – everyone deserves to feel safe and this is an incredibly important step in protecting those at risk.”