A new report has been published suggesting that the rules should be extended to take into account all rental properties, whether there is a solid fuel appliance in place or not.
Currently, the legislation only calls for landlords in England and Wales to install carbon monoxide alarms in properties where there is a solid fuel burning appliance, just as an oil burner, or a coal fire.
This legislation requiring all landlords to fit alarms is already in place in Scotland, and MPs have this week called to see the change spread across the rest of the UK, in a bid to make it illegal for landlords not to supply a CO alarm in their property.
The proposed changes were contained in a report titled ‘Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Tenants Safe & Secure in their Homes’, launched by the All-Party Group, which was produced following the Grenfell Tower building regulations review. The report states that there are 1.6 million rental homes believed to be at risk from CO poisoning, and calls for ‘a fundamental health and safety review’ following the tragic events.
Housing regulations have become a pressing issue – with pressures on housing market provision, more people moving into the rental market, and the population growing, we have to make sure that people are safe and secure in every home from CO.Barry Sheerman MP, co-chair of the APPCOG (All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group)
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