09 September 2015

Private sector landlords are being urged to make sure their properties comply with new safety regulations which are due to come into effect from 1 October.

The new regulations will help ensure private sector landlords are protecting their tenants from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Landlords will be required to;

  • Fit a smoke alarm on each storey of the premises
  • Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in any rooms containing a solid fuel appliance
  • Check that all alarms are working when a new tenancy starts

Failure to comply could lead to a maximum fine of £5,000.

To help landlords prepare for forthcoming regulations, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service have been provided with a limited number of alarms to distribute.

The alarms are for private sector landlords - the following exclusions apply;

  • Registered social landlords
  • Houses of multiple occupations (HMOs)
  • Hostels and refuges
  • Long lease properties
  • Student halls of residence
  • Care homes
  • Hospitals/hospices and other healthcare accommodation

Full details of the change in law can be found at www.legislation.gov.uk, The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will supply smoke alarms to an individual landlord for up to a maximum of 10 properties.

To apply for free alarms, please email landlordsmokealarms@northantsfire.org.uk and you will be sent a form to complete. You can also return completed copies of the form to the collection points below;

  • Mereway Fire Station (Northampton)
    10th September 2015, 10am to 3pm
  • Corby Fire Station
    11th September 2015, 10am to 3pm
  • Wellingborough Fire Station
    14th September 2015, 10am to 3pm
  • Rushden Fire Station
    17th September 2015, 10am to 3pm
  • Mounts Fire Station (Northampton)
    21st September 2015, 10am to 3pm
  • Moulton Fire Station (Northampton)
    22nd September 2015, 10am to 3pm
  • Daventry Fire Station
    24th September 2015, 10am to 3pm