The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1st October 2015 requiring private sector landlords to:
The regulations apply to existing tenancies as well as new ones. The type of alarm isn't stipulated, however Ipswich Borough Council will expect battery powered as a minimum standard.
Ipswich Borough Council, as the local authority, will be responsible for enforcing the regulations and can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice. A Statement of Principles outlining the civic penalty structure can be downloaded below:
GOV.UK has published a helpful Q & A Booklet giving landlords and tenants more information on the regulations and their enforcement.