Rochester Landlord Tenant Lawyer Discusses Smoke Detectors
- Now that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are widely required, they represent a huge potential liability for landlords; therefore, it is important to maintain accurate records of smoke detectors and their maintenance.
- One effective tool for documenting tenants’ acknowledgement that smoke detectors are working is the move-in/move-out checklist.
- Tenants sometimes remove batteries from smoke detectors to avoid the nuisance of replacing them – or because they need the batteries for something else.
- Insurance companies often require landlords to install hard-wired smoke detectors – or to conduct periodic inspections as often as monthly.
- Although hard-wired smoke detectors are a good option, landlords must monitor and maintain smoke detectors or risk considerable liability.