Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week brings landlord reminder

This week has been designated Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, the National Residential Landlords Association is reminding its members.

The campaign, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, aims to raise awareness of the so-called ‘silent killer’, and to help consumers and the public understand more about risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

One of the main themes of the campaign this year is to raise awareness of a recent change to rules around CO alarms in England.

At the start of October, the rules around carbon monoxide detectors in rented properties changed. As a result, any room with a fuel burning appliance will normally require a carbon monoxide alarm. 

The legislation also requires landlords to take action when tenants report a faulty alarm to them. The only exemption to this is rooms where the only appliance in the room is a gas cooker.

The regulations apply both to houses and flats and also to HMOs; and are included in HMO licences. Failure to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed of up to £5,000.

Meanwhile in Wales, once the Renting Homes (Wales) Act becomes effective on 1 December, private landlords will have a legal requirement to provide a battery-powered carbon monoxide sensor in every room that has a solid fuel burning appliance. There is no grace period for this, every privately rented property in Wales that requires a sensor must have one by this date, and landlords must also be able to prove this was done. 

The NRLA has online resources online to help landlords understand their responsibilities around gas safety and ensuring properties are safe.