Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm – Legal Requirements

The new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015.

This means that every private rented sector landlord now has to:

  • Provide at least one smoke alarm on every storey of their rented property which is used as living accommodation
  • Install a Carbon Monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used
  • Ensue the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

The Housing Standards Team are enforcing the new Regulations. If you wish to contact the team please send an email or call 0345 140 0845.

Please see the Council’s Statement of Principles which it will follow in determining the amount of penalty charge for breach of the duty.

More on smoke alarms
Working smoke alarms save lives and reduce damage to property. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is currently providing smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors free of charge to landlords, while stocks last.

If you are a landlord in Merseyside and would like more information, please phone Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958 or email

The Department for Communities and Local Government have produced a useful questions and answers booklet on the Regulations for landlords and tenants available as a pdf document. 

Last Updated on 25 January 2018