Labour MP calls for mandatory smoke alarms in rental properties

Smoke alarms should be mandatory in all private rented properties.

This is according to Labour MP Nick Raynsford, who renewed his calls in Parliament for landlords to be obliged to fit the devices which he says saves lives.

His call came during the Department for Communities and Local Government question time, and follows an incident in Newham just days previously in which a family of eight were saved by a smoke alarm.

Mr Raynsford, a former housing minister, introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill to Parliament in May, calling for mandatory smoke alarms in the sector, which is awaiting its second hearing.

At the DCLG question time Mr Raynsford said: “In its consultation earlier this year on the future of the private rented sector, [housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis’s] department proposed the possibility of extending a requirement to have working smoke alarms fitted in all private rented units.

“I understand that there has been overwhelming support for that in the response to the consultation, and I would welcome an indication from the minister as to when the government intend to act on this recommendation.”

Mr Raynsford continued: “Real progress has been made in the past decade to reduce the number of domestic fire deaths, but much more can be done. Almost one in five privately rented homes do not have a smoke detector, putting over 650,000 households at increased risk of death.”

The government is yet to respond to the consultation.