The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 laid in draft before Parliament has now been debated and approved by the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The regulations will now come into force 1 October 2022.
These new regulations will lead to renewed smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements as follows:
- Social landlords will be required to provide a smoke alarm on every storey of their properties where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
- Both social and private landlords will be required to provide carbon monoxide alarms in any room of their properties used wholly or partly as living accommodation where a fixed combustion appliance is present (excluding gas cookers).
- There will be a new obligation on all landlords to repair or replace any alarm which is found to be faulty during the period of a tenancy, and landlords will be required to repair or replace alarms as soon as reasonably practicable.
~ Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.
So, what does this mean for you?
The regulations will help to improve safety in social housing dwellings and ensure that residents have increased protection from the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you haven’t fitted alarms across your portfolio of properties already, it is important to think about installing them now. Equally, repairing or replacing faulty alarms will need to be a priority should the regulations come into force.
We understand that the forthcoming regulation amendment may leave you with questions about implementation and unsure how to manage the change whilst remaining compliant.
As one of our valued members, you can rest assured that you have complete access to our fully compliant solutions, including our comprehensive TECS framework, which offers smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
We are happy to talk to you about the solutions we offer that support you in achieving compliance, and to walk through concerns or worries around next steps.
Your account executive is your first port of call if you are thinking about undertaking any solutions to facilitate compliance. You may also contact our Business Development team via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever you choose, you can be confident that our Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2015 compliant solutions will help improve homes, buildings and estates today and in the future.