If you rent an apartment or house in Arlington, the owner or management company is responsible for installing and repairing smoke alarms.
Tenants are responsible for maintaining and replacing batteries in their smoke alarms.
Quick Guide to the Fire Prevention Code
Section 907: Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
907.2.10.1.4. Residential smoke alarms in existing structures. In accordance with the authority specified in Section 15.2-922 of the Code of Virginia (1950, as amended), smoke alarms shall be installed in the following structures as required by Chapter 45 of the Uniform Statewide Building Code.
1. All residential buildings containing one (1) or more dwelling units.
2. Hotels or motels regularly used, offered for, or intended to be used to provide overnight sleeping accommodations for one (1) or more persons.
3. Rooming houses regularly used, offered for, or intended to be used to provide overnight sleeping accommodations.
907.2.10.1.4.1. Responsibilities of owner, agent or tenants for smoke alarms.
1. The owner or management agent of a dwelling unit which is rented or leased in a residential building containing one (1) or more dwelling units, shall furnish the tenant at the beginning of each tenancy, at each renewal or extension of a tenancy or at least annually, with written certification that all smoke alarms required are present, have been inspected and are operational and in good working order.
2. The owner or agent of the owner shall submit an annual report to the Fire Marshal by October 15th each year that shall include an inventory of all smoke alarms in the building and shall indicate the location and working status and provide written certification that all smoke alarms are in good working order.
3. The person in control shall be responsible for interim testing, maintenance and reasonable care of the smoke detector, including installation of batteries if required.
4. In accordance with Section 55-248.16 of the Code of Virginia (1950, as amended), the owner or management agent shall repair any inoperative or malfunctioning smoke detector. Such service, repair or replacement and/or restoration of the detector to normal operative condition shall occur within five (5) days of receipt of written notice from a tenant or others that a smoke detector is in need of repair, inoperative or otherwise not properly functioning.