More smoke / carbon monoxide alarm regulations from october

All Landlords have to provide working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in any property where a tenancy begins on or after 1 October 2015. Landlords should check that these are in working order on the first day of every tenancy that begins from 1 October 2015 onwards.

The regulations require a smoke alarm to be installed on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. Also a carbon monoxide detector should be installed in any room of the premises which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance – i.e. a gas boiler, gas stove or gas fire.

Reminder of Cord Safety Regulation 2014

Professional installers must fit compliant (safe) blinds in all homes. It is now against the law to supply or install an internal window blind which does not comply with the child safety requirements. Blinds that are ‘safe by design’ are compliant with this new standard.

The requirements are; to protect babies and small children, installing child safe blinds to ALL HOMES whether children are present or not, there are limitations on cord and chain lengths. Safety devices must be in place for preventing any cords or chains from creating a hazardous loop. The fitting of safety devices on cords and chains must be at the point of manufacture. All safety critical components of internal blinds must be tested with safety warnings and product instructions provided.

At Palace Gate we manage property ownership on behalf of our clients.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance in arranging compliance

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