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Thursday, March 19, 2015

£3 million fund for PRS fire and CO alarms

Fire Minister, Penny Mordaunt  has announced a £3 million government fund to help  support the rollout of  smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to private rented sector properties across England. 

The minister hopes the money will provide 445,000 free smoke alarms and 40,000 free carbon monoxide alarms.

The scheme will be managed and implemented via the 46 fire and rescue authorities in England.

Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt said:
"Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants – and with people at least four times more likely to die in a fire in a home where there is no working smoke alarm, this is an important measure to ensure this is met.

From October, anyone renting out their home will need to ensure there is a smoke alarm on every floor of the home at the start of a tenancy.

Today’s £3 million boost will ensure England’s 46 fire and rescue authorities can distribute smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to landlords in their communities, making it easier for them to do the right thing and abide by this new rule."

The new regulations requiring landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental properties have been laid in Parliament and are expected to come into force, subject to Parliamentary approval, on 10 October 2015.

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