Many states such as Michigan and New Hampshire require the installation of Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Other states such as Minnesota and New Jersey require virtually all residential buildings have carbon monoxide detectors installed. (For more information, see this link).
Unfortunately, Tennessee does not require landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors. However, note that local city ordinances might, depending on your location.
However, just because a landlord is not violating a state statute, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he has no responsibility. A landlord may have a duty to maintain appliances like heaters in safe and working order. Negligence in failing to maintain equipment that results in a carbon monoxide exposure may make a landlord civilly liable.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to carbon monoxide due to a landlord’s failure to maintain a heater or furnace in safe, working order, the attorneys of Donati Law may be able to help.