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New CO alarm regulations

New carbon monoxide alarm regulations are likely to be a requirement before the end of the year in England.

It will mean that private landlords must install carbon monoxide alarms where there is any fitted combustion appliance, other than a gas cooker. In effect that means all gas and oil-fired boilers will need an alarm, whereas until now carbon monoxide alarms have only been required where there is a solid fuel appliance, such as a wood-burner or fire.

The draft of the government regulations effectively means that most rented properties will now need a CO alarm. The good news is that the alarms can be battery operated and do not need to be wired in. The draft regulations also now put the onus on landlords to repair or replace a non-working smoke or CO alarm, if a tenant or their representative report it as not working.

Initially the regulations will only apply to new tenancies, with a likely transitional phase thereafter. Jackie Monro head of lettings.

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