Carbon monoxide regulations for rental properties

As of October 1st 2015, all landlords of private residential rental properties are required by law to install carbon monoxide detectors in any room that includes coal or wood burning fires and stoves. Find out more about gas safety for tenants .

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At present, this doesn’t cover gas appliances, although these regulations will probably be updated in the future. So we would recommend landlords install CO alarms for gas appliances as well.

If you're a landlord and breach these regulations, you could face a fine of up to £5,000, even if you rent through an agency.

See our guide to carbon monoxide detectors for advice on installing monitors in residential properties.

Landlords will also need to test the detector on the day a new tenancy begins to make sure everything is in full working order.

Carbon monoxide advice for tenants

As a tenant, it’s your responsibility to test the carbon monoxide alarms regularly and make sure they’re working effectively. That includes replacing batteries if applicable and even replacing the monitor itself if needed. Try our guide on carbon monoxide detectors for more information.

If your landlord has not and will not fit a carbon monoxide detector, you can report them to your local housing authority, even if they’re a private landlord. They’ll be served a 28 day notice to fit one, and if they still refuse, could face a fine and the local authority can fit one for you.

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