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Installation of mandatory smoke alarms – how quickly can landlords comply? 09/12/2021 Labelled as Consultation

We previously reported on the Government's response to the earlier consultation paper and confirmation that legislation will be introduced to require that all social housing should be fitted with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.


In making the announcement the Government said the new requirements will commence "as soon as practicable after the legislation is made" and although the Government acknowledged that a phased approach would help landlords to implement the changes, they argued that the process of passing the new regulations through Parliament would provide a sufficient period for landlords to comply before they come into effect.


ARCH has been contacted by officials at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) to advise that they are very keen to explore, at pace, the readiness of social landlords in meeting the recent announcement that the Government intend to mandate smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in social housing.


ARCH Chief Executive John Bibby comments:


"The Government first consulted on proposals to require the mandatory installation of smoke alarms in November 2020 and then took some 12 months to issue their response to that consultation".  


"Most local authority landlords already have programmes of installing smoke alarms in council housing, but to expect that every single dwelling will be fully compliant immediately on the passing of the required new regulations is a tall order and ARCH will be arguing that whilst the installation of smoke alarms should be a priority in landlords' planned maintenance programmes, the Government must allow a reasonable implementation period to enable social landlords to arrange for the necessary works and ensure compliance".


We will be writing to ARCH member councils to seek their views and comments to help inform our response to DLUHC on the implementation timetable.  

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