Landlords are being urged to act now to ensure they are ready for new safety laws aimed at saving lives.
The regulations make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes, a law which will come into effect on October 1, subject to Parliamentary approval.
Under the new laws smoke alarms must be fitted on every floor of the property as well as carbon monoxide alarms in properties which burn solid fuels. Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.
To apply for a limited number of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, landlords can call 01522 580397.