Up to 200 lives could be saved with new smoke alarm law


A new law forcing landlords to install alarms in homes they rent out will save more than 200 lives in the next 10 years, it has been claimed.

Housing officers from Milton Keynes Council will be responsible for issuing notices requiring landlords to fit smoke and carbon dioxide alarms, and the Council has the power to fine landlords up to £5,000 if they fail to protect their tenants.

The regulations will make it compulsory for landlords to fit a smoke alarm on every level of their property as well as a carbon monoxide alarm in every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a coal fire or wood-burning stove. 

Although tenants will be responsible for testing and maintaining the alarms, landlords will be required to check that the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy.

The Government estimated that the new laws will save more than 200 lives and prevent around 6,000 injuries over the next 10 years.

A council spokesman said: “Smoke alarms will need to be present on every floor and landlords will be required to ensure that all of these alarms work properly before allowing tenants to move in.”