NEW RULES FOR SMOKE AND CO ALARMS IN RENTAL PROPERTIES
As of the 1st October 2022, changes to the regulations for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in private rented properties are coming into force.
Changes like these are frequent in the rental sector, and it’s vital that you as a landlord, and we as agents, are up to date on the latest legislation.
We’ve put together a short guide below to explain the changes coming up and answer the most common questions we’ve had… Read more “NEW RULES FOR SMOKE AND CO ALARMS IN RENTAL PROPERTIES”
Goodness me, blink and you could be forgiven for missing more changes within the rental legislations.
On the 16th May 2022 with immediate effect, properties with two or more domestic dwellings must have a fire risk assessment by a ‘Responsible Person’, whether they have a communal area or not. This could simply be a house that has been converted into two flats. The risk assessment must include the buildings structure such as floors and ceilings and internal walls as well as external fixings such as cladding or balconies.
From 1st October 2022, carbon monoxide alarms will be required in rooms with combustion appliances include gas and oil appliances (except gas cookers). The additional amendment also requires the landlord to repair or replace the alarms once the landlord has been informed of a fault. This will apply to all new and existing tenancies.
On the 15th June 2022, the Government released the Renters’ Reform Bill White Paper, which has a shopping list of suggested changes in the 86 pages! Abolishing Section 21, no initial fixed term tenancy, no tenancy renewals, banning of children, pets and people on benefits to be outlawed, a new Landlord Ombudsman and loads more. Before rushing to us to sell your property, please note a ‘Bill’ is a proposal to change an existing law and debated in Parliament prior to Royal Ascent. Due to the complexities of the proposals, we will be probably looking at least 12 months for this to go through.
Feeling deflated? Exhausted with all the changes? Then let us take care of your property needs.
If you wish to know more on the new fire risk assessments that are now in force, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a more detailed report.