The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022, were laid in Parliament last week, and if approved will enter into force on 1st October 2022 (see link below):
In summary the amended regulations will mean:
- Social landlords will be required to provide a smoke alarm on every storey of their properties where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
- Both social and private landlords will be required to provide carbon monoxide alarms in any room of their properties used wholly or partly as living accommodation where a fixed combustion appliance is present (excluding gas cookers).
- There will be a new obligation on all landlords to repair or replace any alarm which is found to be faulty during the period of a tenancy, and landlords will be required to repair or replace alarms as soon as reasonably practicable.
Part J is also due to be amended to enact the requirement to provide a suitable Carbon Monoxide alarm alongside any new fixed, fossil-fuel, heat-producing combustion appliance (excluding cookers). We understand the intention is to align the date of application here with the other amendments, i.e. 1st October 2022.