Melton Times letter: Melton landlords urged to act on new fire safety laws

Landlords in Melton are being urged to act now to ensure they're ready for new safety laws expected to come into effect in October  making it compulsory to fit smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in rented homes.
Landlords in Melton are being urged to act now to ensure they're ready for new safety laws expected to come into effect in October making it compulsory to fit smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in rented homes.
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Landlords in Melton are being urged to act now to ensure they’re ready for new safety laws expected to come into effect in October making it compulsory to fit smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in rented homes.

Under the new laws smoke alarms must be fitted on every floor of the property, as well as CO alarms in properties which burn solid fuels. It is the responsibility of the landlord to provide the smoke and CO alarms and check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy. The penalty for failure to comply with the regulation is a fine of up to £5,000.

To help landlords gear up for the new regulations, the Government has provided Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service with a limited supply of free smoke and CO alarms to give out to landlords. These are being distributed by Melton Borough Council and will be supplied free to landlords and tenants of private rented properties.

Council and housing association properties and those rented to students or classed as houses in multiple occupation still require smoke alarms/CO alarms to be fitted but are excluded from this scheme.

We urge those landlords who need to take action to comply with the new regulations, to contact us before October.

To get your free smoke and CO alarms please contact Robert Hadfield on (01664) 502356 or email rhadfield@melton.gov.uk

Robert Hadfield

Senior environmental health officer

Regulatory services

Melton Borough Council