Our family owns an 8-plex in Ontario. The building has a fire alarm system that has heat detectors in all units and is wired to the fire department. Are we required to install smoke and/or fire detectors, as well as carbon monoxide detectors?
Here is an interactive service directory map from the Second Suites website which you may find helpful. Even though your building has eight units, much of the same information applies.
Just zoom in and click on the area where the building is located and it should give you some useful information page links, including the appropriate office dealing with fire services for the area.
It is our understanding that due to the complexity of interpreting and enforcing the Ontario Fire Code (and possibly the Ontario Building Code) it is best to get answers to questions related to fire safety directly from the Office of the Fire Marshall. Here is the link:
Generally speaking, heat detectors perform one type of safety function that differs from the function provided by smoke detectors (not all fires create a lot of heavy smoke, whereas some have a lot of smoke with less heat).
Carbon Monoxide detectors became mandatory in all homes since October 15, 2014. http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/FireMarshal/CarbonMonoxideAlarms/QuestionsandAnswers/OFM_COAlarms_QandA.html
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.