THESE PEOPLE living in social housing will be safer in their homes under new rules that will require smoke detectors to be installed in all rented accommodation, Housing Minister Eddie Hughes said.
The government’s announcement, made through the Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities, means housing providers will be required – by law – to install smoke detectors in all public housing, while carbon monoxide detectors must now be installed inside all social and private housing. properties with fixed appliances such as gas boilers or fireplaces.
These new measures are part of the social housing reforms initiated by the Conservative government with the aim of raising standards. The regulatory changes will also force owners and providers of social rental and private sector housing to repair or replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once they are told they are defective.
White paper on social housing
The reforms follow a commitment set out in the White Paper on Social Housing released last year. The White Paper presents proposals for far-reaching reforms in the social housing sector, with tenants having a clear channel to voice their concerns and the regulator with increased powers to take enforcement action.
The cost of the new alarm installation and maintenance requirements will fall on the owners.
Hughes, Minister of Sleep and Housing, said: âIt is fundamentally right that people feel safe in their homes. This is a question that I have been defending for many years. About 20 people are killed each year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many more from house fires, but we know that simple interventions can prevent these unnecessary deaths.
Hughes added: âI am proud that the proposed new rules ensure that even more homes are equipped with life-saving alarms. Whether you own, rent or own social housing, everyone deserves to feel safe. This is an extremely important step forward in the protection of those at risk. “
Consistency and better protection
Jim Bywater, head of home detection for the National Council of Fire Chiefs, explained, âThe National Council of Fire Chiefs welcomes the changes which we believe will make many more people safer in their homes. We campaigned for regulations to ensure that, regardless of tenure, homes have the right detection systems to save lives. “
He continued, “The new regulations will help reduce losses and deaths from fires and carbon monoxide and bring consistency and greater protection to those living in private and social rental housing.”
Guidelines for locating alarms and ensuring alarms meet relevant standards will also be updated.
The reforms follow a two-month consultation process. Changes will be made through the 2015 Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations (England) as well as through the Legal Guidelines (Approved Document J) supporting Part J of the Building Regulations.