Virginia Carbon Monoxide Detector Law Information

Carbon monoxide detectors are irreplaceable when it comes to protecting you and your family from poisoning by this colorless, odorless gas.  Every year, over 400 Americans die as a result of CO poisoning.  The best ways to defend against CO poisoning are to know the signs and symptoms (click here to read about the symptoms) and to properly install a CO detector (click here to read more about co detectors).  Because detectors are so important, there are laws and statutes regarding their maintenance and installation in landlord-tenant relationships.  It is imperative that tenants know both their rights and their responsibilities in these cases.

Virginia Carbon Monoxide Detector Laws

Carbon monoxide detector regulations vary from state to state.  Both tenants and landlords alike should be fully aware of all requirements and laws in their state to ensure that everyone is protected.

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

§ 55-248.13. Landlord to maintain fit premises.
A. The landlord shall:
8. Maintain any carbon monoxide alarm that has been installed by the landlord in a dwelling unit.

§ 55-248.16. Tenant to maintain dwelling unit.
A. In addition to the provisions of the rental agreement, the tenant shall:
9. Not remove or tamper with a properly functioning carbon monoxide alarm installed by the landlord, including removing any working batteries, so as to render the carbon monoxide detector inoperative and shall maintain the carbon monoxide alarm in accordance with the uniform set of standards for maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms established in the Uniform Statewide Building Code.

§ 55-248.18. Access; consent; correction of non-emergency conditions; relocation of tenant.
E. Upon written request of the tenant, the landlord shall install a carbon monoxide alarm in the tenant’s dwelling unit within 90 days of such request and may charge the tenant a reasonable fee to recover the costs of such installation. The landlord’s installation of a carbon monoxide alarm shall be in compliance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code.

CO Detectors Help Save Lives and Protect Families

In the best interest of all involved, landlords and tenants should be sure to abide by the rules and regulations in place where they live.  Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious injuries, and has the potential to cause permanent damage or death.  For over 30 years, the attorneys at our firm have fought with passion to protect those poisoned by toxic substances.  If you or someone you care about has suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact us to receive the dedicated assistance of our team that you deserve.

Contact Our Virginia Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC represent victims and their families that have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity. If you’ve been poisoned and you suspect that it was caused by a defective appliance, faulty repairs, a negligent installation, or the carelessness of another– contact our attorneys today.