As a landlord, you have to respect a lot of obligations and standards. Securing your home is part of it. In order to enable your tenants to live in the unit peacefully, you have to be well informed of the local regulation! 

You will find in this article why and how to secure your accommodation.

Why securing my dwelling?

For some owners, securing a home is an optional step and some others do not even think about it.
Therefore, disasters occur as in Ontario where a tenant was killed in an accidental fire. The house had neither a fire alarm system nor an extinguisher. The landlord pleaded guilty and was fined $36, 000. Violations of the fire code may bring serious problems along and cause tragic consequences.
Owners must ensure that they have responded appropriately to ensure compliance with local regulation and fire safety rules.

Securing your home will allow you to:

  • Avoid incidents
  • Rent in all Serenity

Safety first!

When you rent your home, it is important to secure it prior. 
Here are the things to do:

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is even advisable to install a smoke detector in rooms such as: the dining room, the living room, at the top of a stairs, the hallways leading to the rooms as well as on each floor.

The owner must install and maintain in good working conditions the fire alarm system to ensure the safety of the tenants in accordance with the applicable regulations. It must also take appropriate measures to ensure that tenants are adequately informed and that they have the necessary training to be able to safely evacuate the building. It is the owner’s responsibility to develop a fire safety plan and emergency measures as well as training and informing tenants.

The building public company of Quebec makes available to the public a technical information sheet on the verification of the fire alarm systems and the licenses required according to the work to be carried out.

If the smoke alarm is the most effective way to save our lives, the fire extinguisher is not to be disregarded.

  • A fire extinguisher

It is important to be able to extinguish an emerging fire as soon as it appears. This prevents the fire from spreading and ensures safe evacuation of the premises for the occupants. The presence of portable fire extinguishers in common corridors or inside staircases provides occupants with an effective tool to combat small fires. Very briefly, in the common areas of the residential complex, a portable fire extinguisher should be reached without having to travel a distance of more than 22 m (75 feet). It is mandatory to equip the buildings with one or more portable fire extinguishers.

  • An alarm

The alarm is there to secure you as an owner and avoid burglaries. If you rent your accommodation, this will be safe for you and your tenants but this does not prevent theft or damage.
An alarm will therefore increase the feeling of safety in your dwelling. 

  • A gate for the swimming pool

If you have a swimming pool, follow the safety standards and install a fence. Install either: a gate to access the pool; an alarm system; a safety blanket with a hanging device or a pool shelter.
The alarm system is the fastest and least expensive solution to put in place.
If you opt to install a fence around your pool to help prevent drowning, you need to:

  1. Install a fence with a height of at least 1.2 meters around your swimming pool
  2. Inform yourself of the bylaws concerning the installation of a fence around the swimming pool.
  3. Install an automatic closing and locking door. The bolt must be out of reach of the children, and the door still locked.
  4. Make sure that the toys, garden furniture and tools are not next to the pool fence. Children can climb on these objects to pass over the fence and enter the pool.

After bathing in the pool, take the time to tidy up: tidy the toys when the bathing is over. Children may be tempted to pick up toys left in or near the pool and put themselves in danger and cover your pool with a safety covering when no one is swimming.

Be prepared to ensure safety around and in the pool and be prepared to respond to emergencies: Keep rescue equipment (such as a lifeline with a rope) and a first aid kit by the pool and keep the numbers of Emergency services next to the phone closest to the pool.

You know how to secure your housing and what are the standards to respect. 

However, a fire alarm system alone cannot guarantee the safety of a dwelling, so we know that no one is safe from an incident, which is why we advise you to subscribe to insurance. Choose an insurance!

Find here your rights and obligations as a landlord.