Last reviewed 1 December 2021

Following a consultation launched in November last year, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has announced that smoke alarms must be fitted in all rented accommodation.

Housing providers will be required by law to install smoke alarms in all social housing, Housing Minister Eddie Hughes explained, and carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in social and private rented properties with fixed appliances such as gas boilers or fires.

Furthermore, landlords and housing providers in social and private rented sectors must repair or replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once they are told they are faulty.

“Around 20 people are killed each year in accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many more through house fires — but we know that simple interventions can stop these needless deaths,” Mr Hughes said.

Guidance relating to where alarms are fitted and to ensure alarms meet relevant standards will also be updated, he went on.

Changes will be brought forward through amendments to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 and the statutory guidance (Approved Document J) supporting Part J of the Building Regulations.

Welcoming the announcement, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Domestic Detection Lead, Jim Bywater, said: “The new regulations will contribute to reducing fire and carbon monoxide casualties and fatalities and bring consistency and greater protection to those living in both private and social rented homes”.

Details of the consultation, and the Government’s response, can be found at http://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/domestic-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms.