The regulations for both privately and socially rented homes are soon to be changed. A carbon monoxide alarm will be required in all rooms where there is a fixed combustion appliance, excluding gas cookers. Previously in England, only privately rented homes with solid fuel burning appliances were required to have a carbon monoxide alarm.  

The expected changes are:

  • smoke alarms will be mandatory in all social rented homes
  • carbon monoxide alarms will be mandatory in rooms with a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers) in both private and social rented homes.
  • carbon monoxide alarms will also be mandatory upon installation of any heating appliance (excluding gas cookers) in all tenures through building regulations.
  • Landlords will be expected to repair or replace alarms once informed that they are faulty.

As soon as parliamentary time allows, the UK Government will amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015)

February 2022