From 10th October 2015 there will be a legal requirement for landlords to provide carbon monoxide alarms in their rental properties, in addition to smoke detectors.
Current advice from the Health and Safety Executive recommends that a CO Monitor is installed in each “high risk room” (rooms containing a gas heating/gas powered appliance) within your property; however this was down to the discretion of the individual landlord. From October 2015 however, it is being made a legal requirement under the New Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations (2015).
We have discussed these new regulations with our safety testing contractors, Pass & Totterdell Plumbing and Heating, and they have agreed to supply a CO Monitor to each property at a cost of £28 + VAT. These alarms are of good quality, and have a lifetime guarantee of 7 years, after which they will be replaced with a new alarm.
Over the next few months we will be rolling out the installation of alarms to all properties that have annual safety tests due before 10th October 2015. If your property is not due to be tested, an appointment will be made for Pass & Totterdell to visit and fit an alarm at a date convenient to your tenant. You will not be charged a call-out fee for this service.
If you would like to opt-out of this installation and would prefer to source and fit your own alarm, please contact the office as soon as possible and advise us of this. However, as it is a legal requirement to have an alarm fitted, we must insist that this is carried out. Failing to comply with the new legislation will leave you open to a fine of up to £5000.
It has also come to our attention that the Health and Safety Executive have revised their legislation surrounding Legionnaires’ Disease to require that landlords carry out a risk assessment for the presence of Legionella, the bacteria which cause Legionnaires’ Disease, and use measures to minimise the risk of the bacteria. Most rental properties are low risk however it is important that these risk assessments are carried out.
Legionnaires’ disease causes pneumonia like symptoms and can be very serious. It is caused by bacteria that can be found within the water systems such as those used in rental properties.
We have also discussed this issue with our safety testing contractors, Pass & Totterdell Plumbing and Heating who have recently updated their training in this area. They have agreed to carry out the required risk assessment for £50 + VAT therefore these tests will be rolled out over the coming 12 months, alongside your annual safety test.
If you would like to opt-out of this test, please contact the office as soon as possible and advise us of this. However, you will need employ your own contractor or carry out your own risk assessment (please provide us a copy in writing) to ensure that the risk to your tenant is minimal.
If you would like further information on either of these issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.