Tenants at risk from carbon monoxide

Nearly 50 per cent of people renting a private property have not had a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed.

Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 08:22 am
MPs Eddie Hughes, Caroline Spelman, Stephen Kerr, Eleanor Smith and Andrew Lewer campaigning for a change to the law over carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties. Picture by Steven Paston.

Research by campaign group Project SHOUT found a further 10 per cent of tenants were unsure whether they had a CO alarm, putting them at risk from the deadly gas that kills 50 people a year and leaves thousands more in need of hospital treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Figures show that in the North East, 49 per cent of tenants did not have an alarm installed by their landlord.

Eddie Hughes, MP for Walsall North and Project SHOUT ambassador, is proposing a law change to ensure it becomes mandatory for landlords to install CO alarms in all properties, not just those with a solid fuel burning appliance.