The residential rental industry of landlords and property managers has existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Despite the vast history of landlord-tenant relations and tension, the Association strives to embolden, educate, and encourage its members to always know how to prevent issues and where to find answers to your most daunting ones.
Please take a minute to review this FAQ section created to answer the most common questions landlords ask and to provide you with more resources to help you in your efforts to find answers to your questions. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please use the Contact Us form to submit a question. We will do the research and let you know what we find out.
What is the Fire Safety Inspection code in NYS for rental properties?
The Fire Safety Inspection regiment is contained within the International Building Code (IBC) which is a model building code developed by the International Code Council (ICC). It has been adopted for use as a base code standard by most jurisdictions in the United States.This standard can be added to by State or Local laws, but not reduced or removed. Local code enforcement officers will know the IBC Fire Safety standards, and their state and local codes. They will determine how each code applies to a rental property. As baseline, fire safety inspections are periodically required for rental properties with 3 or more units where the common areas are inspected. It is a general rule of thumb that smoke detectors must be installed by landlords in each bedroom and living area within a rental unit and common areas of the property, i.e. stairwell or hallway. Contact your local code enforcement officer for more details.
What does the Finger Lakes Landlord Association do for local landlords?
The Finger Lakes Landlord Association offers free online draft documents and resources for creating leases and lease addendum. We offer admin phone/email support and screening tools for rental applicant evaluation. Local landlords can also canvas the association's active landlord members with one email asking for reference requests or advice on unique situations they encounter. The FLLA also offers member vendor discounts and free unlimited rental listings at www.FingerLakesRentals.com .