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Carbon Monoxide legislation

Monday, 10th August, 2015



Carbon monoxide detector requirements


The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 amended the Repairing Standard to make landlords legally responsible for fitting carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their properties.


Statutory guidance on how to comply with the legislation has recently been published by the Scottish Government and the legislation will come into force on 1 December 2015.


From this date, landlords must have a long-life battery or mains-powered detector (which complies with British Standard and European directives) in any space that contains a carbon-based fuel appliance (excluding cooking appliances) e.g. a gas/oil boiler, gas/oil fire, wood burning stove or open coal fire. There should also be one in any bedroom or living room which is bypassed by a flue.


There will be rules on the positioning of the detector, which should in most cases be one to three metres from the appliance, 30cm from any walls and 15cm below ceilings. CO detectors have expiry dates printed on them and must be replaced before that date is reached.


> Read the full guidance document HERE <

The Scottish Government has allowed one year from the 1st December 2015 to have these fitted in properties so If we organise a gas safety check on your behalf then we will arrange for the gas engineer to supply and fit detectors to meet your obligation at the next gas safety inspection.

If you arrange your own safety inspection please speaks to your engineer.


If you do require any more information or details please do not hesitate to contact me.


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