Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties

People without a smoke alarm are four times more likely to die in a fire.  Properties in the private rented sector have fewer smoke alarms installed than owner-occupied or social housing properties.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 requires all privately rented properties to have a working smoke alarm and where necessary a carbon monoxide alarm.

Under the regulations, all private sector landlords are required to install:

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

Landlords must then make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

Failing to install or check smoke or carbon monoxide alarms can result in a penalty charge of up to £5,000.

For further information, please see the Q&A booklet for landlords and tenants.

To help landlords comply, the government has provided Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service with a limited number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to give out.  Landlords who want to take advantage of the free smoke alarm offer will need to register online and collect their alarms from one of the participating fire stations.

For properties let as Houses in Multiple Occupation, such as bedsit type accommodation or shared houses, a fire alarm system will need to be installed.  Please see the Houses in Multiple Occupation webpage.


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