CORGI Technical Services welcomes the announcement by Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt, at the LGA annual fire conference, that the government has made it mandatory for private landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in rented properties.
This represents 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 came about via an Amendment to the Energy Act 2014 introduced by Baroness Finlay, Chair of the APPCOG and thanks to a wide range of organisations responding to a recent Government consultation.
This requirement for private landlords in England came into effect today.
Claire Heyes, CEO of CORGI Technical Services commented: “This is a very welcome announcement by the Communities Minister and will play a significant role in improving gas safety in private properties. There is no substitute for regular servicing and maintenance of gas appliances in properties and their installation by fully qualified gas engineers, but mandatory CO alarms will play a crucial role in improving gas safety and saving lives.”