New fire safety laws coming in for south Lincolnshire landlords

New laws requiring landlords to fit smoke and carbon monoxide alarms inside properties they rent out are due to come into effect in October.
New laws requiring landlords to fit smoke and carbon monoxide alarms inside properties they rent out are due to come into effect in October.

Landlords in South Holland, the Deepings and Bourne are being urged to act now before new fire safety laws aimed at saving lives take effect.

From October 10, all landlords will have to fit smoke alarms on every floor of properties they rent out and test them at the start of every tenancy.

Landlords need to be clear that they have a legal responsibility to ensure their properties are fitted with appropriate fire and carbon monoxide detectors.

Andy Higgins, community safety manager for Lincolnshire County Council

The Government also wants landlords to fit carbon monoxide alarms in properties which have solid fuel heating systems, with those not doing so likely to face fines of up to £5,000.

Andy Higgins, community safety manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Landlords need to be clear that when the legislation comes in to force in October, they have a legal responsibility to ensure that their properties are fitted with appropriate fire and carbon monoxide detectors.”

To help landlords comply with the new laws, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has a limited number of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to give out to relevant landlords and can also provide fire safety advice without charge.

Mr Higgins said: “Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives so we are encouraging landlords to come forward to take up this offer.

“But As well as offering these free alarms, we are also asking landlords to identify properties that may have tenants there who are classed as vulnerable. “In these cases, with consent from the tenant, we will give fire safety advice, as well as providing and fitting the required alarms free of charge.”

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis added: “The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed alarms in their homes.

“But I am changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection.”

To apply for a free alarm, call 01522 580397 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.