Virginia Smoke Alarm Certification

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Virginia Landlords are required to annually inspect smoke alarms & provide Tenants with certification that smoke alarms are working properly.

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Virginia Smoke Alarm Regulations & Requirements

The Virginia Landlord-Tenant Act requires that Landlords:

  • “Provide a certificate to the Tenant stating that all smoke alarms are present, have been inspected, and are in good working order no more than once every 12 months. The Landlord, his employee, or an independent contractor may perform the inspection to determine that the smoke alarm is in good working order.”

When completing this inspection, the Landlord must:

  1. Test the smoke detectors to ensure they’re working correctly and that the batteries are not expired;
  2. Confirm that no smoke alarms have been moved, removed, or tampered with;
  3. Replace any smoke alarms that have been removed, damaged, or expired; and
  4. Confirm that all smoke alarms are in compliance with the uniform set of standards for maintenance of smoke alarms established in the Statewide Fire Prevention Code.

Our Virginia Smoke Alarm Certification makes it EZ for Landlords to comply with all requirements and to provide Tenants with annual smoke alarm certifications. Plus, the form outlines the Tenant’s smoke alarm responsibilities - including maintenance requirements, rules, and best practices.

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