What can I do if the tenant is tampering with equipment that could jeopardize the safety of other tenants?
The landlord should serve the tenant with an N7 notice, which is a 10 day notice to terminate the tenancy early, and follow up with an application to the Landlord and Tenant Board.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to provide smoke detectors for the rental unit which must must be placed on every level of the home and a minimum of a 2A portable fire extinguisher must also be provided. If you need more information about the Fire Code requirements contact the Fire Marshall’s office at 416-325-3100.
Tenants are not permitted to tamper with the smoke detectors, contact your municipal fire inspector to report this situation. If the tenant has contravened the Ontario Fire Code, the local fire department can issue a ticket.
We suggest you inquire about this issue with your insurance company as the Residential Tenancies Act does not include any specific provisions about this situation.