Landlords will be expected by law to install both fire and Carbon Monoxide alarms in their properties.
The announcement, which was made this week by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, is expected to help prevent up to 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a year. Known as the silent killer, you can not see, taste or smell Carbon Monoxide, and symptoms can easily be confused with the flu.
The new law, which is expected to take effect from October from 2015, has caused some debate in the landlord world. Questions have been raised, such as why is the law just applicable for tenant properties and not home owners and what if the homes energy is electric?
Landlords are already required by law to arrange annual gas checks for all of their properties; what we can all agree is that installing CO alarms is another great step towards protecting tenants and WILL save lives.
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