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27th March, 2020 - 08.03pm: 2 fire crews from Chippenham have attended an RTC on Lowden. This invo...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 20:31: Salisbury were mobilised to a report of a chimney fire. Crews managed ...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 20:28: Westbury mobilised to smell of burning. After further investigation no...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 20:12: Tisbury mobilised to alarms sounding in residential building. This tur...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 19:33: Redhill mobilised to report of alarms sounding on Wimborne Road in Bou...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 18:14: Swindon mobilised to a report of a small fire in the open, after inves...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 2.41pm: Purse Caundle - One crew from the Sherborne fire station were mobilise...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 1.22pm: Long Dean - One crew from the Chippenham fire station were mobilised t...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 11.38am: Swindon - One crew from the Swindon fire station were mobilised to a r...Read more

26th March, 2020 - 11.00am: Christchurch - One crew from the Christchurch fire station were mobili...Read more

Smoke alarms for landlords

Since 1 October 2015, new regulations have required landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants, as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Landlords are now required to:

Enforcement of the regulations is the responsibility of the local housing authority. If a landlord fails to fit and maintain alarms in their properties, the council has power to levy a penalty charge of up to £5,000.

All ‘specified tenancies’ are affected by the change in rules, i.e. residential premises where a person or persons have a right to occupy the premises and rent is payable.

The regulations specifically exclude registered social landlords from these obligations. Certain types of properties and arrangements are also excluded, such as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), lodgers, long leases, student halls of residence, hostels and refuges, care homes, hospitals and hospices. However, other appropriate legislation applies in most cases.

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