Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015, followed by The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 which came into force on 1 October 2022.

The regulations require private sector landlords to:

  • Ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on every storey of their properties where there is a room used for living accommodation.
  • Ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).
  • Make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy, and that they are repaired or replaced once informed and found to be faulty.

The regulations aim to reduce the risk of injury or death to tenants caused by fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Government has produced an explanatory booklet for landlords.

Burnley Council’s Statement of Principles for Determining Financial Penalties – available below – outlines the Council’s principles which it will follow in determining the amount of a penalty charge for a breach in the Regulations.