Who is responsible to provide and maintain smoke alarms in rented residential units?
In accordance with the Ontario Fire Code, in the case of a rental suite, the landlord shall be considered to be the owner and is responsible to provide and maintain smoke alarms.
Tenant to notify landlord
A tenant of a rental suite shall notify the landlord as soon as the tenant becomes aware that
(a) a smoke alarm in the unit is disconnected,
(b) a smoke alarm in the unit is not operating, or
(c) the operation of a smoke alarm in the unit is impaired.
No person shall disable a smoke alarm.
Any person found guilty of failing to install a smoke alarm, failing to maintain a smoke alarm or disabling a smoke alarm may be subject to a fine of not more than $50,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or both.
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