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New legislation for rental property

Posted on March 11, 2015 by Nikki Palmer in Blog

smokealarmposterFollowing on from our blog posted back in November regarding Carbon Monoxide, it now seems likely to come into effect from October 2015 that all rental properties will have to be fitted with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Up until now,  Landlords of rental properties have not legally had to provide smoke alarms unless their properties came under HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupancy) Licensing requirements.

Our policy has always been to advise Landlords to have them fitted as a precautionary measure or to suggest that Tenants contact Dorset Fire & Rescue Service who carry out a FREE Home Safety check.

With regard to Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Landlords will be required to install these in ‘high risk rooms’.  Failure to do so could cost up to £5,000.

Due diligence is a phrase used in any workplace or business environment nowadays, along with damage limitation etc.etc.  Letting of residential property should be carried out by responsible and professional businesses or individuals who understand that Tenants’ Safety is paramount and that letting property is not just about income.

At we carry out a Risk Assessment of rental property whilst offering FREE marketing advice to Landlords regarding the possible rent achievable, annual rental yield and also list any improvements considered necessary to bring a property up to what is considered to be an acceptable rental standard.

For further information regarding Regulations relating to letting your property, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss any concern or query you may have.

If you want to know more about Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, further information is available from


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