Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer as you cannot see or smell it and very often it is only detected when it is too late!! So, make sure you take the necessary steps to protect your tenant’s health and safety.
Ensure you provide a working smoke alarm on each level of your rental property
Ensure this is tested prior to the commencement of your tenancy and also on day one of the tenancy in your tenant’s presence. It is also a good idea to get your tenant to sign a document confirming that you have carried out this test in their presence, so you have some evidence to show your due diligence should it be necessary.
Clearly explain to your tenant that there are obligations placed upon them to regularly check the smoke alarm throughout the course of the tenancy and replace the batteries if required and report any ongoing issues with the alarm.
Landlords must also provide Carbon Monoxide alarms wherever there are working open fireplaces or solid fuel burning appliances. These must also be checked prior to the start of the tenancy and again the obligations for testing explained to the tenant.
Currently there is no requirement for Carbon Monoxide detectors by gas boilers or any other gas appliances. However, most agents and landlords provide these as a matter of good practice.
Also remember that gas appliances need to be serviced and tested on an annual basis and your tenants provided with a record of this.