Latest regulatory updates

Last updated 27th March 2019Kurt Janson

Kurt Janson, Director of the Tourism Alliance, gives a monthly update on the latest regulatory changes affecting the hospitality industry. 

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Update to safety legislation

Carbon monoxide detectors in tourist accommodation

When the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations where introduced in 2015, they stated that landlords were required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire or wood burning stove).  

There was also a requirement on landlords to test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors of the first day of any new tenancy to make sure that they were working went new tenants moved in.

There were two exemptions within the 2015 legislation:

  1. landlords who had properties with gas boilers and appliances were not required to install carbon monoxide detectors if they had no solid fuel burning appliances (although they were required to have an annual Gas Safe inspection)
  2. properties let to visitors rather than tenants, such as B&Bs or self-catering, were also exempt. However, VisitEngland requires all accommodation providers in their quality schemes to install carbon monoxide detectors if a gas boiler/appliance is present.

The Government is now reconsidering these two exemptions. At the end of last year, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government launched a Review of Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements, guided by a working group of stakeholders and safety experts. This Working Group is about to report back to Government and it is widely expected that it will recommend that the mandatory requirement to install carbon conoxide detectors should be broadened include tourism accommodation.

Fire Safety Guidance

Another area where an expert Working Group has been established is to review the guidance for small accommodation businesses on how to comply with the Fire Safety Order. The guidance document, Do you Have Paying Guests is now 10 years old and the Home Office has been working with the industry to update the publication. This review is also expected to be completed in the next few weeks and it is anticipated that the document will be expanded and enhanced to provide businesses with better information on what they need to do to comply.