Private Rented Sector

Private sector landlords will be required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove).  After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

Changes are also made to the licence requirements in relation to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), such as shared houses and bedsits which require a licence and also in relation to properties which are subject to selective licensing.  The Regulations apply both to houses and flats.

The requirements will be enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.

The Council is required to prepare and publish a statement of principles and it must follow this guide when deciding on the amount of a penalty charge.

The Government has published some guidance designed to cover the most frequent questions for landlords and tenants.