209Landlords of all private rented properties will have new responsibilities from next month.

New regulations coming out on 1 October will require all private rented properties, regardless of type or the number of tenants, to have a smoke alarm fitted on each storey of the property where any room is used as living accommodation. In addition, the regulations will require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in any room used as tenants’ living accommodation and has a solid fuel appliance such as wood burning stoves coal fires. 

The landlord must check that each alarm is in proper working order on the day a new tenancy begins and the landlord or manager of a property failing to meet the new regulations could face a fine of up to £5,000.

Hambleton Environmental Health Services has a number of smoke alarms to give to landlords to help ensure tenants are protected and are ready for the new regulations. 200 alarms will be available to collect on a first come basis at a Landlord Forum being held on Tuesday 29 September at 2pm at Evolution Business Centre, County Business Park, Darlington Road, Northallerton – representatives from Housing Options Team, Environmental Health Officers and the Fire Service will be available to advise on the services they offer and changes to legislation that will affect all landlords.   

For more information contact Hambleton Environmental Health Services on 01609 779977.

Any landlord or agent interested in attending the Landlords Forum should contact Marion Harrison on 01609 767215 or email marion.harrison@hambleton.gov.uk.