Am Ilegally responsible for maintaining the fire extinguisher annually because it says so in the rental agreement I signed?

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Am Ilegally responsible for maintaining the fire extinguisher annually because it says so in the rental agreement I signed?

I have been told that the LL has to do this by law.

Asked on February 4, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Although the written lease agreement that you have with your landlord states that you are contractually obligated to maintain the fire extinguisher at your rental in good order, the statutes of all states in this country require that the property owner of all rented buildings have that duty first and foremost.

Even though your landlord has tried to delegate such a legal duty contractually to you as the tenant of the rental, the landlord ultimately is responsible for maintaining the fire extinguisher annually, not you. State law would supersede your contract.


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