The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015. These require private-rented-sector landlords in England, from 1 October 2015, to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their rental property that is used as living accommodation, and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used.
After that, the landlord must make sure that alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. Landlords who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms could face a civil penalty of up to £5,000.
Guidance to held landlords understand and comply with the regulations and to help local authorities effectively enforce them has been published in the form of explanatory booklets.