A Guide for Apartment Owners, Managers, and Tenants


⃝          All buildings must have approved, contrasting address numbers placed in a location that is visible from the street.


⃝          Stairs, hallways, and the basement should be clear of any trash or personal belongings, including bicycles, furniture, and appliances.

⃝          Combustible and flammable liquids and gases are not allowed inside the building unless they are stored in labeled lockers.

⃝          There should be a designated area or dumpster outside of the apartment for accumulated trash.


⃝          Extension cords are not allowed, except for temporary use  (i.e. cleaning, construction, etc.)

⃝          Electrical panels should be covered and easily accessed.  All fuses/circuits should be the proper size and clearly labeled. 

⃝          Electrical receptacle boxes should have cover plates.


⃝          The apartment’s heating equipment should be in good working order with no fuel leaks (including oil tanks), be properly vented; and, in the case of an oil furnace/boiler, have an emergency switch.


⃝          Each apartment door should be labeled (i.e. Apartment 1, Apartment A, etc.)

⃝          Electric-powered smoke alarms should be inside each  bedroom, as well as in the rooms just outside the bedroom, and on each level of the apartment, if applicable.  Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

⃝         At least one carbon monoxide detector (electric powered with battery back-up) should be in the apartment, located outside of the bedroom.


⃝         In most cases, two well-lit exits are required from each building. These exits should not be blocked by anything,  including snow or personal belongings.

⃝         All fire escapes should be in good condition with clear access.

⃝         Bedroom windows must be large enough for tenants to evacuate from if necessary.