To the editor:
This letter is to all concern regarding responsibility for checking smoke/co2 detectors for people living in a rented unit. After experiencing an issue where my smoke alarm was being tested for inspection, the alarm did not work; which was later discovered there was no battery installed. What turned into finger pointing for blame. It was discovered that the fire codes do not express who has the responsibility to check and change out the batteries in smoke alarms in rented apartments. The fire department did not help much as they could not answer the question either. You would think it would be the landlord as he would be responsible for the fire alarm but the code does not cover smoke/CO2 detectors.
Unless it is stated in your lease that the tenant is responsible, the landlord should ensure they are tested annually and the battery should be changed yearly at the time of daylight savings time changes. On a word of caution do not rely on your landlord doing that and check them for a piece of mind and safety.
503 Wood Street