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Rented Housing: Carbon Monoxide

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) privately rented student accommodation or houses, (b) student halls of residence and (c) residential care homes which are not fitted with carbon monoxide alarms; (229324)

(2) what representations her Department has received on introducing a mandatory requirement for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all forms of rented accommodation.

The Department does not hold information in relation to the number of homes that are not fitted with carbon monoxide alarms.

The Department receives a large number of representations in relation to housing and health some of which relate to carbon monoxide alarms.

There are no current requirements to install carbon monoxide monitors in privately rented properties. However, we are keen to promote good practice and landlords’ organisations are already engaged on safety issues and are involved in the promotion of good practice to their members.

Landlords are responsible for maintaining their properties, including the safety of gas and electrical appliances and the fire safety of furniture and furnishings provided under the tenancy. All private landlords are required by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to ensure that all gas appliances are maintained in good order and that an annual gas safety check is carried out by a CORGI-registered tradesman.