Apartment Fire Code Responsibility

By anonymous

If a tenant improvement, authorized by the landlord, makes the space out of fire code, is it the responsibility of the landlord or tenant to pay to put space back into code?

Edited on: Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 10:34 am

3 Responses to “Apartment Fire Code Responsibility”

My response: (We welcome stories, examples, explanations, answers and a touch of your personality)


January 4th, 2010 1:49 pm

So you are saying that you are the one that made the change and because your landlord was nice enough to allow you to do it, that it should somehow be his responsibility to fix your mistake?

Sounds a bit off doesn’t it?

If you are the one that made the error, then you should fix it or be responsible for the cost regardless of landlord permission or not. Ultimately, the landlord will need to fix it, but you will most likely be held responsible for the cost.

To put it into perspective:
Let’s say your landlord allowed you to have a Dog. Your dog then rips up the nice wood floors in the family room… Who should be responsible? The dog owner or the landlord? Yep! The tenant is responsible. Its crazy for you to think your landlord should be responsible for you making the unit a hazard. All I can say is take some responsibility for your actions.


November 19th, 2010 6:13 am

I have a wood burning fire place the chimey has been cleaned only once in 5 years . How dangerous is this and should the landlord be responsible ? This complex has about 80 apartments.


December 30th, 2010 6:46 pm

I have my house in mountains, and per safety issues, the chimey should be cleaned every year. As for who’re responsibility that is, ask the landlord nicely and that should take care of it, if not go above him/her.

Hope it helps.



Yes, the RPA® Can Help You!

Filing an official complaint is the nation's fastest way to solve tenant problems.

Not Ready? Learn more...

Virginia Complaint Filling Deadline  Tips/Suggestion

Need Help Filing Your Complaint?

Agents Available Mon- Fri 10am to 10pm

Recently Resolved Complaints:

See how the Nation's Rental Authority has helped thousands of tenants already!

Ask Question:

Post a new question to the RPA Tenants rights forum.

You Have Tenant Rights.
Recently Posted Questions:

Over 4,000 questions have been asked by tenants including these new posts:

Tenant Rights Categories

Popular categories about renters rights.