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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations

This page provides guidance to landlords of private-rented properties following the introduction of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations 2015.


The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 requires landlords of all privately-rented properties to make sure they:

  • Have a minimum of one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their rental property/properties which is used as living accommodation.
  • Have a minimum of one carbon monoxide alarm installed in any room where a solid fuel appliance is used


Landlords found to be in breach of their duties will receive a notice requiring works to be carried out within 28 days. Failure to carry out these works will result in a fixed penalty charge notice, a fine and associated costs.

Contact us

Tenants who have any concerns about fire safety or risks from potential carbon monoxide poisoning are encouraged to contact us.

Contact us
Environment, Health and Consumer Protection
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ