Huntsville landlord to pay over $1,200 in fines following smoke and CO alarm guilty plea

April 2020 inspection found apartment was lacking proper alarms

A landlord in Huntsville is out $1,250 after pleading guilty to failing to install required alarms.

The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department conducted an inspection of a rental property in April of 2020 following a complaint of noncompliance. Fire inspectors say they discovered one unit in the property lacked smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as required by law.

The landlord was hit with two charges under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act as a result and filed a guilty plea in Bracebridge Provincial Offenses Court on March 10, 2021.

“Landlords must have working smoke and CO alarms installed at their properties to protect their tenants, says Fire Chief Rob Collins. “Tenants must not tamper with alarms and have a responsibility to notify the landlord if an alarm becomes inoperative. The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department will continue to maintain a zero-tolerance for smoke alarms that are not maintained or have been tampered with in rental properties.”

Building owners or occupants who have any concerns regarding fire safety are encouraged to contact the Fire Prevention Division at 705-789-5201 – Option 2.