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The law on this subject was changed on 01 October 2015. It is claimed that new regulations that came into effect on this date could help prevent up to 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a year.
The law now requires landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property. In addition landlords need to test the alarms at the start of every tenancy. Landlords are also required to install carbon monoxide alarms in certain places. This is in addition to smoke alarms. These places are high risk rooms and include all those where a solid fuel heating system is present. During the tenancy the testing of the alarm becomes the tenant's responsibility.
There are duel detectors which detect both the presence of Carbon Monoxide and smoke. The vast majority of smoke alarms landlords have already installed, especially where they are battery powered rather than mains powered, can detect only flames, heat or smoke.
Landlords who have not installed smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can face prosecution and may be liable for a civil penalty of up to £5,000.