South Yorkshire landlords are being urged to comply with new fire safety laws – six months after legislation requiring all privately rented homes to be fitted with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors came into force.
Since October last year, private landlords have been required to fit smoke alarms on each floor of their rental properties and install carbon monoxide alarms in rooms containing solid fuel burners such as cookers and heaters – or face a £5,000 fine.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Area Manager, Steve Helps, said some landlords may not yet have complied with the new law.
“The private rented sector provides homes for some of the county’s most vulnerable groups and there is no doubt that these regulations will make privately rented accommodation safer and save live,” he added.
“We want to help private landlords meet their fire safety responsibilities and would urge them to take the time to understand the legislation and fit detectors.
“Tenants can also play a part in taking responsibility for their own safety by reminding their landlords about the new legislation if there are no smoke or carbon monoxide alarms in their home.”