LANDLORDS and tenants across Somerset are being given a helping hand to keep up with changes in the law and avoid costly fines.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and Somerset West Letting Agency are working together to give out fire safety advice and offer free smoke detectors.

In October 2015, the law changed regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The legislation means it is now compulsory for private landlords to fit working smoke detectors in homes they rent out. landlords who don’t comply could face fines of up to £5,000. Previously, only landlords of bigger properties were among those having responsibilities for smoke and fire detection, but the October 2015 legislation means the landlord of any bungalow, two-storey domestic dwelling or a flat within a block is now responsible having a working smoke detector fitted on each level within the property at the start of every tenancy. With Hinkley C picking up pace and the number of workers increasing in the area, demand for a variety of accommodation types will be on the rise.

Chris Jones, fire service community safety officer for Hinkley C said: “Much of the demand will be from existing members of the community seeking similar accommodation to that being offered to Hinkley C workers during the construction phase.

“Working alongside organisations such as Somerset West Letting Agency means we can ensure tenants are provided free fire safety advice and guidance, and also offer a free smoke detector if they don’t have one.”

The free smoke detectors are subject to terms and conditions. For more information email