What are a landlord's fire safety responsibilities?

What responsibility does your landlord have in keeping you safe against fires? 

Make sure you know your rights.  Here are several things your landlord must do to keep you safe:

  • Under Maryland State Law landlords must install at least one smoke detector in all its occupied residences.
  • If a resident is deaf or hearing impaired landlords must provide a special smoke detector that will alarm the residents.
  • If you live in a 1, 2, or 3 family residential building built before July 1, 1975 the landlord must provide each unit with at least one approved battery or alternating current (AC) primary electric powered smoke detector; and maintain the smoke detector.
  • Landlords who violate these rules are guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction are subject to imprisonment up to 10 days or a $1,000 (or less) fine.

Where to get a smoke detector

Own a home and need a smoke detector?

Baltimore City residents can request and have free installed smoke detectors. Smoke detectors for the deaf or hearing impaired are also available.  Call the Office of the Fire Marshal at 410-396-5752 for more information.




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