WHo is responsible for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in a single family home?

Asked about 1 year ago - Baldwin, NY

There aren't any detectors in the house. The landlord sent someone to look at the house about a month ago and knows that there aren't any detectors. I am sure he will try and say it is my responsibility. How can I make him pay for/install them?

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  1. Steven Warren Smollens

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    Answered . Dear Baldwin tenant:

    The landlord is required to provide a house with working CO detectors and smoke alarms.

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/nycode/EXC/18/378

    http://readme.readmedia.com/Governor-Paterson-A...

    http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergenc...

    http://www.erie.gov/newstead/pdfs/SMOKE%20CO2%2...

    The fact that your home is without either may indicate further violations of housing, safety, habitability and health codes.

    You could request an inspection by the town code enforcement officer, but you should try to learn ahead of an inspection whether an immediate vacate order will result from the dual failure of the landlord to comply with these two well known and wide spread personal and home safety systems.

    Your should have observed this failure before moving into the house. You should look through your lease for mention of the CO detectors and smoke alarms.

    Take the time to install the proper safety detectors now, and deal with the landlord later if you have to.

    Taking care of protecting yourself and your family takes precedence over the financial responsibility.

    Good luck.

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  2. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . The landlord must provide them.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense work for over 16 years. I was... more
  3. Peter Christopher Lomtevas

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    Answered . A word to the wise is if you fight with your landlord, you'll be homeless quickly. Buy the detectirs and pipe down. The street is one court case away.

    Good luck.

  4. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . Landlord is responsible. When he purchased the house there is an affidavit requiring smoke detectors.

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