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When you are doing an inspection of the rental home it is extremely important to make sure the rental has a working smoke alarm and also a carbon monoxide detector. In some states, having both is a law and landlords are required to equip their rental homes with working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. To find out of this law exists in your state, visit the state's web site or the website of Consumer Affairs for your state.
If it isn't a law in your location, express to the landlord the importance of both a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. If the landlord has a problem spending a few dollars for your safety and the safety of rental home, you may want to reconsider whether you should rent from them.