New Fire Safety Law

New laws

From 1st October 2015 new regulations are expected to come into force, requiring landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The new safety laws make it compulsory for all landlords to:

  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their premises
  • Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance
  • Check that all alarms are working when a new tenancy starts – with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.

Who will be affected?

New regulations are expected to come into effect from October 2015, subject to parliamentary approval.

These new laws will require landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The new safety laws make it compulsory for all landlords to:

  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their premises
  • Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance
  • Check that all alarms are working when a new tenancy starts – with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.

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. Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.

Request your alarm

To help landlords gear up for the new 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. Contact your local fire and rescue service to request smoke alarms and smoke detectors.

A number of services have set up specific contact channels to enable you to access the free smoke alarms more easily. If you fall into one of these areas, please use these channels to get in touch.

If you do not live in one of the areas listed below or if you are unsure about which fire service covers you, use the link below to find the contact details for your fire and rescue service:

Click here for contact details for your local fire and rescue service.

Cheshire
Landlords with rental properties in Cheshire can request their smoke alarm from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service by visiting the Service’s website www.cheshirefire.gov.uk and completing the online request form.

Cleveland
Landlords with rental properties in Cleveland can contact Cleveland Fire Brigade via www.clevelandfire.gov.uk or by emailing communitysafety@clevelandfire.gov.uk

Devon and Somerset
Landlords with rental properties in Devon and Somerset can request their smoke alarm from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service by emailing firekills@dsfire.gov.uk or calling 0800 0502 999.

Hampshire
Landlords with rental properties in Hampshire can request their smoke alarm from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service by visiting www.hantsfire.gov.uk/rented-homes and completing the online request form.

Lincolnshire
Landlords with rental properties in Lincolnshire, please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr for further information and to complete an online request form.

London
Landlords with rental properties in London can request their smoke alarm from London Fire Brigade by visiting www.london-fire.gov.uk/freesmokealarms.asp

Leicestershire
Landlords with rental properties in Leicestershire should request their smoke alarms by calling Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service in person on 0116 2872241.

County Durham and Darlington
Landlords with rental properties in County Durham and Darlington should contact the community safety team at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service on 0845 2234221. Alternatively email csenquiries@ddfire.gov.uk or visit the Service’s website www.ddfire.gov.uk for information and updates.

Warwickshire
Landlords with rental properties in Warwickshire can request their smoke alarm from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service by visiting the Service’s website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafety where there is a link to register for the detectors.

More information can be found at: www.alarms4life.com