11 May 2022

Are you ready?

The Fitness for Human Habitation (Wales) Act comes into effect July 15th, 2022 (effective to all landlords, social and private).

  • The act identifies 29 hazards within the property where landlords need to meet minimum requirements.
  • The FFHH act requires a smoke alarm, in proper working order, to be present on every storey of a dwelling
  • Landlords must ensure that each of these alarms are in proper working order and interlinked with all other smoke alarms connected to the electricity supply.
  • Landlords may consider it appropriate to install more that one smoke alarm on each store along with a heat alarm in the Kitchen, these additional alarms could be mains or battery powered. Any additional battery-powered alarms do not need to be interconnected (Although, BS 5839-6 recommends interconnecting all alarms within the dwelling)
  • The act signposts landlords to BS 5839-6 for recommended guidance on the installation of alarms
  • A Carbon Monoxide alarm should be installed in all rooms containing a fuel-burning appliance (including cookers)
  • CO alarm can be mains or battery-powered and must comply with BS EN 50291
  • Siting should be carefully considered noting the expiry date of the alarm

To see the full requirements, click here