Private landlords in West Sussex are being urged to act now to ensure they comply with new fire safety regulations for landlords aimed at saving lives.
New fire regulations for landlords, which come into effect on 1 October across England, make it compulsory for all landlords to fit working smoke alarms in rented homes. Under the new laws smoke alarms must be fitted on every floor of the property as well as carbon monoxide alarms in properties which burn solid fuels.
The legislation will help to prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries per year.
Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy. with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they do not comply. Thereafter it is the tenant’s responsibility to regularly test their alarms.
This new measure comes with strong support from ministers and local government and is part of a wider government initiative to ensure sufficient measures are in place to protect public safety, whilst avoiding additional cost to landlords resulting in rising rent prices in the private market.
To help landlords comply with the regulations the Government has provided fire and rescue services with a limited number of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to give out to relevant landlords whose properties currently do not have alarms.
If you are a private landlord in West Sussex please ensure you are complying with this new Fire Safety Legislation, if you would like further information on how you can improve the fire safety in your tenanted properties EFL have a comprehensive range of fire and security services.
Contact us today for advice and information on 08458739973