Caroline Flint has welcomed news that tenants in private rented homes will be made safer, after the Government announced that private landlords will be required to have smoke alarms in all of their properties.
Said Caroline: “This has been an important campaign and the South Yorkshire Newspapers have been huge supporters. I was pleased to support Nick Raynsford’s Bill in 2014 and I am delighted that the Government has agreed to implement this important change.
“Many lives lost in house fires could be avoided. This changes comes not a moment too soon. In the private rented sector four homes in every ten do not have a smoke alarm. This simple regulation will undoubtedly save lives. Nothing can repair the loss endured by Libby-Jayne Hornsby’s family in Conisbrough, but with this change, we should see fewer tragedies of this kind in the future.”
The Don Valley MP voted for a bill in 2014 to make it mandatory for landlords to fit smoke alarms. The Government has been persuaded by arguments from MPs and the fire service. The regulations will implemented by the next Government after the general election in May.