Understanding the changes to Carbon Monoxide alarm regulations

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 have changed as of 1 October 2022. Here’s what you need to know as a landlord to comply with the new regulations:

The government has updated the regulations for carbon monoxide alarms in rented accommodation and new build properties. Private and social sector landlords are now required to provide carbon monoxide alarms in properties that have a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).

The new regulations apply to all rented and new build properties in England, following in the footsteps from Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Landlords who do not comply with the regulations could face a penalty notice and fines of up to £5,000 from Local Authorities.

What do carbon monoxide alarms do?

Carbon monoxide alarms will project a loud noise similar to that of a smoke alarm when they detect carbon monoxide in the air around your combustion appliance. They are designed to alert you as quickly as possible to the fact that there is carbon monoxide in the atmosphere as the gas itself is poisonous and cannot be detected through sight or smell.

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, feeling weak, headaches, being sick or having chest or muscle pain. If you are concerned that your appliance is leaking carbon monoxide or your carbon monoxide alarm is sounding, please contact the National Gas Helpline on 0800 111 999.

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