Oregon Statutes - Chapter 479 - Protection of Buildings From Fire; Electrical Safety Law - Section 479.270 - Owner of rental dwelling unit to supply, install and maintain smoke alarm or smoke detector; instructions for testing to be provided.

(1) The owner of any rental dwelling unit or the owner’s authorized agent shall be responsible for supplying, installing and maintaining the required smoke alarms or smoke detectors and shall provide a written notice containing instructions for testing of the devices. The notice shall be given to the tenant at the time the tenant first takes possession of the premises.

(2) The duty of the owner or authorized agent of the owner to maintain the required smoke alarms or smoke detectors, including providing working batteries, arises only:

(a) Prior to the beginning of every new tenancy when the tenant first takes possession of the premises; and

(b) During the tenancy upon written notice from the tenant of any deficiency, not including replacing dead batteries, as provided in ORS 479.275.

(3) Supplying and maintaining a smoke alarm or smoke detector under ORS 479.250 to 479.300 shall be considered a habitable condition under ORS 90.320. [1979 c.642 §5; 1993 c.369 §19; 1999 c.307 §6]

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