Consultation on Private Tenancies Act 2022 Section 8 Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Consultation opened on 13 September 2023. Closing date 06 December 2023.


The Regulations relating to Section 8 pertain to the installation of sufficient smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide alarms and aim to reduce the risk of fire related incidents in private rented properties.


Consultation description

A 12-week stakeholder consultation has been scheduled for 13 September 2023 via the NICS Citizen Space platform.  It will be a targeted consultation focusing on engaging and obtaining the views of NI tenants, landlords, electricians, council enforcement officers, and all associated professional bodies/representatives on the draft Regulations

This consultation runs alongside one on Section 10,  introducing certified 5-yearly checks of a private rented property’s hard-wired electrical installation by a qualified electrician.

Prior to seeking this approval to proceed to formal consultation with stakeholders there has been engagement in shaping of the regulations with the DfC expert advisory panel representing:

  • Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS)
  • Local Council Environmental Health Officers who will enforce the regulations
  • DoF technical staff in respect of electrical and building regulation adherence 
  • Electrical Safety First – campaigning organisation for electrical safety measures


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