Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in Richmondshire area housing

Landlords have to comply with regulations covering smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations mean landlords have a duty to ensure rented properties have:

  • a smoke alarm on every floor 
  • a carbon monoxide alarm if they use or burn solid fuels 
  • alarms checked at the start of every new tenancy

You can find a question and answer booklet about the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations for landlords and tenants on the Government website

Excluded properties 

Houses in multiple occupation, properties owned by registered social landlords and hostels are excluded as they are already covered by other legislation.


If a landlord does not fulfil their duties, we will serve a notice which sets out:

  • which duties the landlord has failed to comply with
  • what action should be taken

Action is required within 28 days or landlords can appeal the notice.

If a landlord fails to comply with the notice, we can arrange for an authorised person to install alarms. We will also impose a penalty charge on landlords who do not comply – which can be up to £5,000. This will cover the cost of carrying out the works.

If you have concerns regarding fire safety or carbon monoxide in a rented property, contact us