What are the laws about having a working fire alarm in apartment buildings?

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What are the laws about having a working fire alarm in apartment buildings?

There was a fire 2 doors down from my unit on the 3rd floor (top floor). A lady passed, No fire alarm pull stations worked the night of the fire. The fire department said there is a request for them to fix them. I am dealing with emotional and mental distress from this event and was wondering what actions i should take?

Asked on February 7, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The laws of all states require in a residential apartment house working fire alarms. Circumstances happen where fire alarms for no known reason and the absence of any negligence of a particular person just do not function.

I can imagine your distress from the fire at your apartment house. Unless you suffered actual physical injuries from the fire, most states do not allow you to have a claim as a matter of law for emotional distress. I recommend that to be sure you consult with a personal injury attorney about the question you have written about.


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