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A Consultation To Review CO Regulations For Tenants In England Launched By Government

The Government has launched a consultation to review the private rented sector (PRS) Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 and the report of the Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Standards Working Group.

In 2015, the Government introduced the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations to protect private sector tenants from death or injury in the home caused by smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning. The regulations aim to ensure more homes in the sector have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The regulations require private rented sector landlords to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties on which there is a room used as living accommodation and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation containing a solid fuel burning appliance. The landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

During the passage of the regulations through Parliament in 2015, Ministers made a commitment to review them in 2017. This consultation invites views and comments to gather evidence on the effectiveness of the regulations to date. It does not indicate any intention to change the regulations. Any legislation brought forward as a result of the consultation would be subject to appropriate assessment and consultation.

The consultation is open until 9 January and can be found online here.


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