Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in private rented accommodation

Date: 29/06/2016
Ref: PR 8272​

Wakefield Council is taking action against landlords that do not have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors fitted in the homes they rent out.
New legislation came into force last year that enables the Council to take action against landlords that have not provided the required smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

The regulations require that every rented home is provided with a smoke alarm on each storey of the premises where there is a bedroom or living room. Every rented home must also be provided with a carbon monoxide alarm in any living room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. Each alarm must be working on the day that a new tenancy begins.

The Council is urging all tenants in rented properties to contact their landlord to make sure the correct equipment is fitted in their home. Any landlords that do not comply with the regulations can be reported to the Council by calling 01924 306665.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: “We want to ensure that all rented properties in the district are safe. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are cheap, easy to install and save lives. Landlords have a duty to provide them. If your landlord fails to do this, please contact us immediately so that we can take action.”

If the Council receives a report that a landlord has failed to meet the regulation, a remedial action notice will be served on the landlord within 21 days. The notice will require the landlord to comply with the notice within 28 days. If the landlord does not comply with the notice, the Council will carry out the necessary works and can fine the landlord up to £5,000.

Landlords that do not supply the alarms in their rented properties that can reported to the Council by calling 01924 306665.