Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Information for landlords and tenants

What the law says

By law all privately rented properties must have:

  • a smoke alarm on each storey on which there is a room used as living accommodation
  • a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in any room is used as living accommodation, containing a solid fuel burning combustion appliance

The law requires that checks are made by or on behalf of the landlord to ensure that each alarm is in proper working order on the day a new tenancy begins.  We may issue a penalty charge of £5000 for non-compliance.

How we can help

We are here to help landlords understand their legal obligations and provide basic information about smoke and CO alarms to landlords and tenants where appropriate.

Further information

Contact information

Private sector housing team