New rules for anyone with a gas boiler or fire in their rented home

New rules were announced today for all public housing that has a gas boiler or fire.

All public housing must be equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if the property has a gas boiler or fire.

Housing MP Eddie Hughes announced today the new rules that will affect rental housing to ensure people who live in public housing are safer in their homes.

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The regulation changes also require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed whenever new equipment such as gas boilers or fireplaces are installed in a house, and landlords and housing providers in social and private rental sectors will need to repair or replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as soon as they are installed and say they are faulty.

The costs of the new requirements for the installation and maintenance of alarm systems are borne by the property owners.

Eddie Hughes MP, Secretary of State for Rough Sleeping and Housing, said: “It is fundamentally right that people feel safe in their own homes – an issue that I have advocated for many years.

“Every year around 20 people are accidentally poisoned with carbon monoxide and many more are killed in house fires – but we know that simple interventions can stop these unnecessary deaths.

“I am proud that the proposed new rules will ensure that even more homes are fitted with life-saving alarms. Homeowners, private renters or public housing – everyone deserves to feel safe, and that’s an incredibly important step in protecting those at risk. ”

The changes came after a white paper on social housing was published last year, which contains proposals for far-reaching reforms of social housing to raise standards, including giving tenants a clear opportunity to voice concerns and the Regulatory authority with stronger powers to take enforcement action.

Jim Bywater, National Fire Chiefs Council, Domestic Detection Lead, said, “NFCC welcomes the changes that we believe will make many more people safer in their homes.

“The new rules will help reduce the number of victims and deaths from fire and carbon monoxide, and provide durability and protection to residential and social housing residents.”

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