Who’s Responsible For Smoke Detector Batteries In Rentals?

Who’s Responsible For Smoke Detector Batteries In Rentals Landlord Hank??

Replacing smoke detector batteries in rentals is a question that comes up often. So whose responsibility is it is the question this week for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and he is not offering legal advice. If you have a question for him please fill out the form below.

Dear Landlord Hank:

Whose responsibility is it to replace batteries in smoke detectors? The landlord or the tenant?

– Robert

Hi Robert,

That would depend on the lease.

In my lease I make it very clear that the tenants are responsible for the smoke detectors and the battery replacement in rentals, as well as batteries in the thermostat and any other remotes for the property.

If it’s not specifically spelled out in the lease I would think it is the tenant’s responsibility as part of the upkeep of the property.

Sincerely,

Hank Rossi

Who’s Responsible For Smoke Detector Batteries In Rentals?
Landlord Hank says, “In my lease I make it very clear that the tenants are responsible for the smoke detectors and the battery replacement in rentals.”

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I started in real estate as a child watching my father take care of our family rentals- maintenance, tenant relations, etc , in small town Ohio. As I grew, I was occasionally Dad’s assistant. In the mid-90s I decided to get into the rental business on my own, as a sideline. In 2001, I retired from my profession and only managed my own investments, for the next 10 years. Six years ago, my sister, working as a rental agent/property manager in Sarasota, Florida convinced me to try the Florida lifestyle. I gave it a try and never looked back. A few years ago we started our own real estate brokerage. We focus on property management and leasing. I continue to manage my real estate portfolio here in Florida and Atlanta.