Fitness of homes for human habitation: guidance for landlords

Safety Requirements: The Renting Homes Act (Wales) 2016 comes into effect from the 1st December 2022 and the regulations stipulate that rented accommodation in Wales requires that each property must provide a satisfactory electrical installation condition report (EICR), be fitted with mains-powered and interlinked fire alarms with at least one smoke alarm installed on each storey of the dwelling. In addition, carbon monoxide detectors are required in each room of the dwelling that contains a carbon-fuelled appliance or flue such as a boiler or gas fire.

Power supply: All fire alarms must be powered either from the mains electricity circuit or a dedicated mains circuit from the consumer unit.

Interlink: Smoke and heat alarms must either be interlinked by cable or by wireless radio-frequency interlink. Carbon monoxide alarms do not have to interlink with the smoke and heat alarms.

When the rules apply: These requirements apply immediately from 1st December 2022 for all contracts, including existing ones.

Welsh Government has produced some supplementary legislation and guidance on the changes for landlords and tenants, you can find out more by clicking here:

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