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New product to assist in smoke alarm legislation compliance

One of Britain’s biggest suppliers of carbon monoxide and smoke alarm testing products has produced a new product to assist agents and landlords comply with legislation.

GasSafe Europe has created a ‘Triplicate Record Pad,’ which can be used as evidence to prove to local authorities that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have been tested and are in sufficient order.

Legislations

It is a legal requirement for landlords and letting agents to prove that a building’s alarms are compliant with Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations 2015. Tests must be carried out at the beginning of all new tenancy agreements and during property inspections. Those who not adhere to these legislations face fines of up to £5,000.

This new regulation came into effect last October and it is hoped that up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries per year will be prevented as a result.

New product to assist in smoke alarm legislation compliance

New product to assist in smoke alarm legislation compliance

Equipment

The ‘Triplicate Record Pad’ can record the property address details, information on specific alarms tested and any faults or replacements made.

In order to assist landlords and agents meet legislation guidelines, Detectagas has been designed to check the battery and sensor in alarms in just one test. This is done by injecting a specific level of test gas into a transparent cover over the alarm itself.

Should an alarm be found to be faulty, GasSafe Europe has designed tamper-proof stickers to notify residents and ensure that they are not used. The labels use extra-strong glue alongside a fragile material, which means once it is used it becomes very difficult. This makes it ideal for inspectors, with this method helping to make sure alarms highlighted as faulty will be virtually impossible to be re-used.

Inventory clerks can check smoke alarms

Published On: October 3, 2015 at 10:39 am

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A weight has been lifted off the shoulders of many landlords and letting agents, with the news that they can utilise the services of their inventory clerk to carry out mandatory checks on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

From October 1st 2015, landlords in England will be permitted to install smoke detectors on each floor of their property. In addition, carbon monoxide alarms must also be fitted in any room within rental accommodation with a fuel burning appliance, inclusive of open fires and wood burners.

Checks

The new regulations state that both of these alarms must be tested at the beginning of every tenancy on or before the 1st October. Any landlord who does not comply with the new legislation could be faced with a fine of up to £5,000. The requirements do not apply to renewed or statutory period tenancies.

However, there has been some confusion over the new rules and just who is able to carry out the necessary checks. Some landlords have raised concerns that they would have to employ a tradesman to undertake these actions.

Patricia Barber, chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks said that its own independent inventory clerks should be able to carry out the mandatory checks at the start of each tenancy if required.

Inventory clerks can check smoke alarms

Inventory clerks can check smoke alarms

Procedure

‘As part of an inventory compilation or check in procedure at the beginning of the tenancy, an AIIC independent inventory clerk will be able to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms for power where possible and report back any problems found,’ Barber explained.[1]

‘This then paves the way for landlords or their property managers to carry out subsequent checks during mid-term visits. While the majority of landlords and agents may already have some sort of procedure in place, hopefully this news will help to put some property professionals’ minds at ease, saving time and money,’ she continued.[1]

Concluding, Barber said, ‘as always we maintain the importance of making sure that any property inventory is carried out by an independent inventory clerk.’ She said that, ‘AIIC clerks are highly trained and can report the presence of each alarm a test for power at the start of the tenancy. A tenant will then be asked to sign a statement agreeing the clerk’s findings.’[1]

[1] http://www.propertywire.com/news/europe/uk-landlords-alarm-checks-2015092811026.html