New smoke and carbon monoxide alarm legislation for rented properties

New legislation which came into force on 1 October 2015 requires landlords at the start of a new tenancy to fit a smoke alarm on every floor of rented accommodation and install a carbon monoxide alarm

Published: Wednesday, 7th October 2015

For existing tenancies, that is those started before 1 October, landlords must ensure that they have a working smoke alarm on each floor of the property as well as a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance.

If you rent a property and your landlord has failed to provide either a working smoke alarm on each floor of your rented property or a carbon monoxide alarm where there is a solid fuel burning appliance then in the first instance please contact your landlord or agent. If they still fail to install the necessary alarm then please contact Environmental Health at the Council on 01923 278 503 or email

If as a landlord you fail to fit the required alarms then Watford Borough Council can issue a written warning, giving 28 days to fit an alarm. If after 28 days the alarms still have not been fitted then a penalty charge of up to £5,000 can be issued.

Further information can be found in a booklet issued by the Department of Communities and Local Government below. You can also contact Environmental Health on 01923 278 503 or via email,

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