This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

Check Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms – England Only

From 1 October 2015 where a tenancy has been granted in England only, the dwelling must be equipped with a smoke alarm on every storey with living accommodation and a CO alarm in every room with a solid fuel appliance.

The landlord must ensure that each prescribed alarm is in proper working order on the day the tenancy begins. This checking of the alarm can be carried out by the landlord or landlord’s agent.

If not done earlier in the day, you should now check all smoke and CO alarms – ideally with the tenant present. The guidance issued by the DCLG suggests a suitable way of showing the alarms were tested on the start day of the tenancy by making –

provision for the tenant to sign the inventory to record that the required alarms have been tested by the landlord and the tenant is satisfied they are in working order.

Please see this article for full details about these requirements.


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