Is it illegal to disconnect a smoke alarm?
Friday, April 3, 2020
We know of no ordinance that prohibits a homeowner from removing or disconnecting their own smoke alarm; but a few jurisdictions make it illegal, under penalty of a fine, for a tenant to “remove the batteries or tamper with a smoke alarm in any way.” Also, many landlords stipulate in their rental agreement that disarming or removing a smoke alarm violates the terms of the lease, and many have built-in, somewhat exhorbitant fees for replacement of batteries or whole alarms.
Also, see our blog posts Where are smoke alarms required to be located? and Does pushing the test button on a smoke alarm test the smoke sensor device inside? and When should I replace my smoke alarms? and Where should smoke alarms NOT be installed? and Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in homes in Florida?
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