(A)   The owner of a dwelling shall be responsible for supplying and installing in an operable condition the required detectors and for providing the manufacturer's maintenance and testing instructions to a tenant when appropriate.
   (B)   The owner of a dwelling shall be responsible for maintenance and testing of detectors, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, which are located in common areas and detectors in dwelling units and rooming units where the occupancy of any one tenant is for less than one month.
   (C)   The tenant in any occupancy of one month or more shall be responsible for maintaining and testing the detector, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, which are within his exclusive control during the life of the tenancy.  The tenant shall be responsible for notifying the owner when a detector becomes inoperable, whereafter the owner has 24 hours in which to repair or replace it.  In the battery operated type of detector, battery replacement shall be the responsibility of the tenant.
   (D)   At every change of tenancy where the occupancy of any one tenant is of one month or more, it shall be the duty of the owner to test and ascertain that those detectors contained in the unit are in operable condition, and if not, the owner shall be responsible for placing them in operable condition.
   (E)   Tampering:  Anyone tampering or interfering with the effectiveness of a smoke detector shall be in violation of this subchapter and subject to the penalty set forth in § 92.99.
(Ord. 99-1184, passed 5-27-99; Am. Ord. 2012-1574, passed 5-10-12)  Penalty, see § 92.99