Tenants now better protected from rogue landlords

Effort is being made to drive up standards in the rental sector by providing tenants in England with stronger protection from today.

Landlords are now required by law to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.  Failure to do so could lead to a penalty of up to £5000.

The Government has indicated that the fire and safety measures could help prevent more than 25 deaths and nearly 700 injuries a year.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: "We're determined to create a bigger, better and safer private rented sector. That means ensuring the safety of tenants with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.”

"These changes will help save lives by ensuring all landlords install alarms in their properties, giving tenants the vital seconds they need to escape."