Landlords will need to fit smoke alarms to each floor of their rental property, and they must be in working order at the start of a new tenancy. Carbon monoxide detectors are only required in high risk rooms – those with solid oil or gas heating systems, as well as a rooms that have either a wood burner or open fire.
Those landlords who fail to provide the required smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental property could face a civil penalty of up to £5,000.
The good news is that inventory clerks can carry out checks on smoke detectors and carbon dioxide alarms in rented properties when required, which is a relief to agents and landlords as there has been some concern about extra costs incurred by having to employ another tradesman to carry out these checks.
Patricia Barber, chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) stated: ‘As part of an inventory compilation or check in procedure at the beginning of the tenancy, an AIIC independent inventory clerk will be able to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms for power where possible and report back any problems found,’ she explained.'
This then paves the way for landlords or their property managers to carry out subsequent checks during mid-term visits. While the majority of landlords and agents may already have some sort of procedure in place, hopefully this news will help to put some property professionals' minds at ease, saving time and money,’ she pointed out.'
As always we maintain the importance of making sure that any property inventory is carried out by an independent inventory clerk. AIIC clerks are highly trained and can report the presence of each alarm and test for power at the start of the tenancy. A tenant will then be asked to sign a statement agreeing the clerk’s findings,’ she added.
Government has given funding to fire and rescue authorities to provide some private landlords with free smoke alarms. To find out more please speak to your property manager or call our team on 0208 946100.
Source: Property Wire