I want to raise awareness of the need for landlords to fit carbon monoxide alarms in their properties if they have a gas boiler or appliances fitted. Private sector landlords have been required by law since October 1, 2015, to have an alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance – that could be a coal fire or a wood burning stove.
Given most apartments in Canary Wharf with gas do not have such appliances, the need for the CO sensors has not been seen as a must, rather as a personal choice.
While some of my more cautious and responsible landlords have fitted them as standard, others have chosen to save their pennies, given it’s not a requirement.
However, following a recent incident I would urge any landlord that has gas and does not have one to have one fitted to do so as soon as possible.
Responding to an emergency call-out late one evening my contractor attended one of my managed properties that had a CO alarm fitted as it had gone off.
On arrival there was a strong smell of gas and it was apparent the boiler was leaking.
The contractor shut this down immediately and refused to turn it back on. The landlord was notified and a new boiler was fitted the next day.
The point of sharing this story with you is there were no solid fuel burner at this property so, had there been no CO alarm, the results could have been tragic.
Being a landlord brings with it a huge responsibility and the safety of your tenants has to be the utmost priority.
So if you are a private sector landlord who happens to manage your property yourself, do have one fitted without further delay.
If your property is managed by an agent and you don’t have one or are not sure if you have one contact them and ask for one to be installed. It’s always best to be on the safe side.
Dawn Sandoval is the owner of Dawn Sandoval Residential in Canary Wharf
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