Smoke and CO detectors

Landlords are required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties from 1 October 2015.

The law requires landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.

Landlords also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.

Those who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms would face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty.

This brings private rented properties into line with existing building regulations that already require newly-built homes to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.

British Standard Code of Practice (BS EN 50292:2013)  covers the location of CO detectors:

It says: “It is not possible to give specific guidance on the exact location of a CO detector.” It suggests that if it is mounted on the ceiling, it should be at least 300 mm from any wall. If mounted on the wall, it should be at least 150 mm from the ceiling but above the height of doors or windows.

If the alarm in fitted in the same room as the appliance, it should be installed between 1m and 3m (as measured horizontally) from the appliance.