Are landlords required to install carbon monoxide detectors in Florida rental properties?

Every year, hundreds of people around the world die from carbon monoxide poisoning. The big question is are landlords required to install carbon monoxide detectors in rental properties? The answer is yes.

According to Florida Statute 553.885, every separate building or addition to an existing building, which has:

  • a fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance,
  • a fireplace,
  • an attached garage, or
  • other feature, fixture, or element

This statute also includes special rules for hospitals and similar buildings such as, an inpatient hospice facility or a nursing home facility licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration.


In order to satisfy the requirements of this Florida statute, a hard-wired or battery-powered carbon monoxide alarm or combined carbon monoxide and smoke alarm, must be installed.

A carbon monoxide alarm is defined as, “a device that is meant for the purpose of detecting carbon monoxide, that produces a distinct audible alarm, and that meets the requirements of and is approved by the Florida Building Commission.” Fossil fuel is defined as, “coal, kerosene, oil, fuel gases, or other petroleum or hydrocarbon product that emits carbon monoxide as a by-product of combustion.”


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