Landlord Responsibility: Batteries not included – The case
Who’s responsible for smoke detectors? A fire in a rental property kills five people, the smoke detectors did not work. The landlord did a routine check at move in a found the detectors were operational. The landlord also had a scheduled maintenance plan for the properties. The tenants may have disconnected the detectors. Who is liable?
(Excerpt from the Quinlan Landlord Tenant Law Bulletin)