Welsh Tenants welcomes the news by the Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) (11 March 2015) that Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt announced that it is now mandatory for private landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in rented properties in England.
The GISG said that the announcement is the culmination of five years campaigning by GISG, the National Landlords Association, All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG), the Gas Safety Trust and others.
The change will be brought about via an Amendment to the Energy Act 2014 introduced by Baroness Finlay, Chair of the APPCOG and is thanks to a wide range of organisations responding to a recent Government consultation. This requirement for private landlords in England came into effect today.
Steve Clarke of the Welsh Tenants said that the Welsh Tenants has added their voice to the calls for carbon monoxide detectors to be installed as standard to rented homes and that this is good news for thousands of renters in England and has to be followed by similar provisions in Wales.
He added, Renters in Wales, as elsewhere, should know that the property they rent is safe from potential hazards caused by faulty gas and electricity installations as a minimum. The mandatory installation of up-to-date technologies to prevent death or injury in the home is something we have called for, for many years. Many social housing landlords in Wales have indeed installed CO detectors as standard under Welsh Housing Quality Standards, Carmarthenshire Council being one of the first. We very much welcome the momentum to make homes safer across the UK and will wait to see how this will be carried over into the proposed fitness standards under the Renting Homes (Wales) bill. These low cost high impact measures ensure that when people rent, they have the assurance that they do so in the knowledge that the property, is, as far as reasonably practicable, safe to rent for themselves and their children.