Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015. These require that:

  • There is a smoke alarm on each storey of rented homes where there is a bedroom or living room.
  • There is a carbon monoxide alarm in any living room containing a solid fuel burning appliance
  • Every alarm is in working order on the day that a new tenancy begins.

We have to make sure that these are provided. If a landlord doesn't do so we will serve a remedial notice, and if the landlord fails to comply with this notice then we will install the detectors and then impose a financial penalty.

Penalties

  • £1,250 for the first occasion that a landlord fails to comply with a remedial action notice but does pay within 28 days of the service of a penalty charge notice
  • £2,500 for the first occasion that a landlord fails to comply with a remedial action notice but does not pay within 28 days of the service of a penalty charge notice
  • £5,000 for each subsequent breach to comply with a remedial notice

If you are a tenant and your landlord or agent has not installed these or they are not working, please contact us.

We have to publish a 'Statement of Principles' that we apply when deciding how much the penalty charges are. Download the Statement of Principles.

Contact us

Private Sector Housing

Strategic Housing
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

01924 306665