The Department for Communities & Local Government has opened a review of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, which require private rented sector landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental properties in England.
During the passage of the regulations through Parliament in 2015, Ministers made a commitment to review them in 2017.
This consultation invites views and comments to gather evidence on the effectiveness of the regulations to date. It does not indicate any intention to change the regulations.
Questions that the consultation asks of landlords include whether any problems complying with the regulations have been encountered and whether they have led to any increased rents being charged.
Following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, the Government has commissioned an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. This independent Review led by Dame Judith Hackitt will submit an interim report before the end of 2017 and a final report in spring 2018.
Any proposed changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations would follow and be subject to the conclusions of the independent review. The findings from this consultation will be used to inform, but will not presuppose, the Dame Judith Hackitt Review.