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Carbon Monoxide Alarm top tips you need to know if you are a landlord

Tue 21 Feb 2017

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Legislation for landlords in an ever changing field, and with the demands of day-to-day life, it can be difficult for landlord's to keep up. As you can imagine it can be easy to fall out of line without realising, which could lead to huge fines or even prison sentences. At Ferndown we always keep our landlord's up to date and more importantly, keep them protected. This article regarding Carbon Monoxide alarms will tell you of not only legal requirements, but also recommendations we have regarding these alarms in rented property.


Carbon Monoxide is often reffered to as 'The Silent Killer" as it has no odour, taste and you cannot physically see or touch it.

The usual sources for this fatal gas are applicances which burn gas such as boilers, gas stoves and ovens, water heaters and open fireplaces.

As an agent we have a responsibility for providing you with updates on current legislation in order for you to keep safe and secure homes.

Here are 4 crucial tips to keep you up-to-date with your responsibilities:

•Be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector installed, if you don’t have one, go out and buy one. As of October 1st 2015 all landlords are required to have a detector installed in rooms with a solid fuel appliance. Ferndown Estates offer the service to supply and fit sealed smoke and CO alarms with a guarantee.
•If you breach these regulations, you could face a fine of up to £5,000, even if you rent via an agency.
•Be sure to have a CO detector on every floor of your building at head height with an alarm at least 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances.
•Test alarms regularly! You won’t know if you have a leak without a working carbon monoxide detector. Be sure that your tenant tests alarms at least once a month and replace them every 5 to 7 years (depending on manufactures label and guidance).

Even if your property does not have a solid fuel burning appliance, as stated above, we would recommend as an agent that you have a CO alarm installed near any GAS appliance, but ideally one on each floor of the building.

If you would like to learn more about the carbon monoxide requirements for landlords, feel free to contact one of our team who can answer any questions you may have.

"Many thanks to all at Ferndown Estates, for all of your help support and guidance."
P and B Bazeley. Oct 2015