You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly and with no warning.

From the 1st October 2015 all landlords will need to ensure their rental properties have:

  • at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their rental property which is used as living accommodation
  • a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used.

After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

What to do if a landlord does not install the required alarms

The local housing authority will be responsible for enforcing the regulations. They will be able to issue a remedial notice requiring a landlord to fit and/or test the alarms within 28 days. If the landlord fails to comply with the notice, the local housing authority must, if the occupier consents, arrange for the alarms to be fitted and/or tested. The local housing authority can also levy a civil penalty charge on the landlord of up to £5,000. Source .Gov