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Rented Housing: Carbon Monoxide

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th April 2017.

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Photo of Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of making it compulsory for landlords to provide a carbon monoxide alarm in properties with any fuel burning appliance to improve safety for tenants.

Photo of Gavin Barwell Gavin Barwell Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing, Planning and London)

Solid fuel appliances are responsible for a disproportionate number of carbon monoxide deaths and injuries compared to other combustion appliances.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) regulations 2015 require landlords to have a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove) in their rented properties. Additionally, landlords are already required to carry out an annual gas safety check and to service and repair gas appliances to ensure they are maintained in a safe condition.

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