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October date for mandatory smoke alarmsThe government has confirmed that letting agents and landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties from October.

The move will help prevent up to 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a year and, according to the government, comes with strong support after a consultation across the private rented sector.

England's 46 fire and rescue authorities are expected to offer support to agents and landlords in their own areas to meet their new responsibilities with the provision of free alarms, with grant funding from government.

In 1988 just eight per cent of homes had a smoke alarm installed but now, even before the mandatory private rental sector measure, it is over 90 per cent according to government.

The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes, but I'm changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection says housing minister Brandon Lewis.

Official data shows that people are at least four times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there's no working smoke alarm.

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    So now from October we have to have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors too - a question, do they need to be hard wired in or not and as we do not have gas in any of our buy-to-lets do we need a carbon monoxide detector
    Then licensing the next way to screw the landlord industry out of any money - whatever you try to do to better yourself they are always there to kick you down!!!

    • 19 March 2015 15:21 PM
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