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Delay in smoke alarm legislation slammed

Published On: September 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

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Landlords across the UK have slammed the Government for what they perceive as unnecessary delays in the introduction of legislation which will make it compulsory to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rented accommodation.

Delays

Early in 2015, draft regulations were drawn up making it a requirement for private sector landlords to install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of their property from 1st October. This is to give local authorities greater power to fine landlords who fail to adhere to the new rules up to £5,000.

Yesterday, the House of Lords rejected the draft legislation at its last stage, stating that with the proposed introduction less than three weeks away, the Government has not done enough to inform landlords of the changes. In addition, the legislation was found to be poorly worded.

The British Property Federation, which represents landlords and is a supporter of the legislation, has warned that when the changes are finally approved, landlords will be left with just days to comply, leaving them more susceptible to being fined.

Disappointed

Ian Fletcher, director of policy at the British Property Federation, said, ‘we have been fully supportive of the campaign to make smoke alarms compulsory in private rented properties and are therefore extremely disappointed to see this unnecessary delay in proceedings.’[1]

Delay in smoke alarm legislation slammed

Delay in smoke alarm legislation slammed

‘The original timeframe for the legislation was tight, but allowing time for a further debate in the Lords is going to make this even worse. Coupled with the fact that there has been no publicity on the changes, we are worried that many landlords are going to be caught out by the fine as a result of government’s disorganisation and lack of clarity,’ Fletcher continued.[1]

Concluding, Fletcher said, ‘it is particularly frustrating that one of the reasons that this revocation has happened is because the introduction is worded poorly, as there has been no consultation on this.’[1]

[1] http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/landlords/delay-in-smoke-alarm-legislation-puts-landlords-at-risk-of-5k-fine.html

 

 

Landlords urged to be savvy on new fire legislation

Published On: July 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm

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Landlords are being urged to make sure that they implement new fire safety measures in their property, to ensure they are ready for new legislation, which comes in later in the year.

Calls

Townends Estate Agents has called for landlords to be compliant with legislation relating to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, ahead of changes coming into force from 10th October.

Under this new legislation, all landlords in the privately rented sector in Britain will be permitted to install smoke alarms on each floor of their rental properties. Landlords will also be required to test these alarms at the start of each tenancy.

Carbon monoxide alarms will also have to be included in high-risk rooms, for example those that contain a fuel burning combustion appliance. All landlords in breach of these regulations could face a penalty of £5,000 for breach of duty.[1]

Landlords urged to be savvy on new fire legislation

Landlords urged to be savvy on new fire legislation

Safety

Managing Director of Townends Estate Agents Caroline Kavanagh said, ‘letting a property should be viewed as a business and landlords have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their tenants, just as an employer would their employees.’ She said their her company, ‘fully support the introduction of this ruling and want to make it as easy as possible for all our landlords to be fully compliant as soon as possible. Landlords should view this as an opportunity to demonstrate their professionalism through thorough due diligence and put themselves one step ahead.’[2]

‘We understand that landlords often feel their list of obligations is ever growing and many find it a challenge keeping up with the number of requirements affecting landlords,’ Kavanagh continued. She believes that, ‘sufficient knowledge of current legislation is imperative and with over 40% of fire related deaths occurring in properties without working smoke alarms, every landlord should want to treat their rental property with the same precautionary measures as they would their own home.’[3]

[1] http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/landlords/landlords-urged-to-implement-new-fire-regulations.html