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UK: The minimum standards for private rented properties

The minimum standards for private rented properties have been set as a:

• Smoke alarm installed in;

 The room which is most frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes (normally the living room/ lounge, except where the room includes an open kitchen); and

 Every circulation space on each story (hall, landing area);

• Heat alarm installed in every kitchen; and

• Carbon monoxide alarm installed in any room or circulation space which contains a fixed combustion appliance or a flue (that will include any bedrooms a flue passes through)

• Alarms can be either sealed tamper-proof or hard wired alarms

• Smoke and heat alarms must be interlinked

The new regulations came into force on Thursday 30th May 2024 with a lead in time applied for private rental landlords to become compliant:

• Existing tenancies granted before Sunday 1 September 2024 must comply by Sunday 1 December 2024.

• New tenancies granted on or after Sunday 1 September 2024 must be compliant on the date the new tenancy is granted.

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