Housing minister launches requirement for all social homes to fit smoke alarms
People living in social housing will be safer in their homes under new rules that will mean smoke alarms must be fitted in all rented accommodation, Housing Minister Eddie Hughes MP announced today.
Today’s announcement will mean housing providers are required by law to install smoke alarms in all social housing, and carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in social and private rented properties with fixed appliances such as gas boilers or fires.
The regulation changes will also require Carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted when new appliances such as gas boilers or fires are installed in any home.
It will also mandate that landlords and housing providers in social and private rented sectors to repair or replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once they are told they are faulty.
These reforms follow a commitment in the Social Housing White Paper published last year. The White Paper set out proposals for wide-ranging reforms of the social housing sector which will drive up standards, including giving tenants a clear way to raise concerns and providing the regulator with stronger powers to take enforcement action.
The cost of the new requirements to install and maintain alarms will fall to property owners.
Around 20 people are killed each year in accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many more through house fires.
Guidance relating to where alarms are fitted and to ensure alarms meet relevant standards will also be updated.
The reforms follow a 2-month consultation, and changes will be brought forward through the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 and the statutory guidance (Approved Document J) supporting Part J of the Building Regulations.