Official guidance on smoke detectors in rented homes has been updated by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities ahead of the October 1st changes announced previously.

From that date onwards landlords will have greater responsibilities over the provision of smoke alarms within their properties and face fines of up to £5,000 for non-compliance with these new regulations, although these are very rare.

The new regulations are an updated to the existing Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

The biggest change within the new guidance is that landlords must ensure that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced “once informed and found that they are faulty”.

Previously, private landlords were only required to ensure they worked at the start of each tenancy.

This will shift more responsibility to the landlords to fix faulty detectors of either kind – previously this sat with the tenants who were only ‘advised to arrange’ repairs or battery replacement with their landlord.

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“The updated regulations contain some subtle but significant changes for agents and landlords working in the PRS in England,” says Timothy Douglas (pictured), Head of Policy and Campaigns for Propertymark.

“They have been coming down the line for some time, but with a firm date set for their implementation and detailed guidance now published, our advice is that letting agents start to prepare immediately.

“Agents should ensure they fully understand the regulations and begin the installation of new alarms and repair of existing alarms, and update their property management practices accordingly and without delay.


  1. Get it right for goodness sake. If you are in wales the smoke alarms have to be connected to the electricity supply.

  2. What about boarded over fireplaces – do they get treated as a combustion appliances? Potential for tenants to open them to use as a fire once energy costs get to £3.5k a year.

    • If tenants did this it would be breach of contract
      Plus a chimney would need to be swept
      The potential for chimney fires would be enormous.

      Wonder if LL insurance would cover a letting property burning down due to fireplaces being illegally opened up!?

  3. What about personal responsibility. Who changes the battery in a privately owned home? FFS, next thing we’ll be having to make sure they wipe their arses!

    • PS this is the nanny state extending it’s reach to the dystopian levels where people no longer have to think for themselves, the state does it all for them. It’s the thin end of the dystopian wedge, but it’s getting further towards the thick end with every edict.

    • And another thing – this is a great example of why rents are rising. The tenant changes the battery it costs them the price of the battery. The landlord has to do it, it requires travel to site or the use of a third party plus the time to buy the battery etc etc. What would cost a couple of quid to the tenant ends up coting the landlord £50, which ultimately ends up on the rent.


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