Fire safety clarity

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Lettings specialists, Belvoir, has updated its advice on fire safety for landlords following a ruling to come into effect later this year.

Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt has announced that installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in all private and social rented property is to be made compulsory in England and Wales.

When the new ruling comes into force around October it will put an obligation on landlords and agents to ensure working detectors are in place at the beginning of each tenancy. Tenants will be required to regularly test the equipment and report any faults.

Peter Atkinson, who owns the Belvoir office on Northgate in Sleaford, says: “We advise all of our landlord clients to take professional advice on the fire risk assessment of their properties, because the stakes are too high.”

Landlords must ensure that gas appliances, pipe work and flues are maintained in a safe condition, with annual inspections and proof of compliance via a Gas Safety certificate. There are also product safety requirements covering electrical equipment, plugs, sockets, furniture and furnishing materials.