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Farmville, VA 23901

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Safety Considerations If I Rent My Finished Garage

Here at the Gantt Agency in Farmville, VA, we can make certain that renting out or leasing your finished garage will not cause you any headaches. In addition to helping you obtain the correct coverage for your rental unit, we can troubleshoot potential health and safety problems and reduce risks. We will also happily advise you on the right fire suppression, smoke alarms, CO2 detectors, and possible radon issues so that your premiums stay as low as possible. Call or email us today for a free consultation about your current coverage.

Your Unit Must Meet the Minimum Standards of Health, Safety, and Sanitation in Virginia

If you intend to rent your finished garage to a tenant who will occupy the unit as a residence, the Code of the Commonwealth of Virginia requires that your unit meet certain standards. These include: 

  • No fire hazard or serious threat to the life, health, or safety of tenants or occupants of the unit.
  • No rodent infestation.
  • Working heat, hot/cold running water, electricity.
  • Adequate sewage disposal facilities.

Virginia Fire Code for Residential Rental Properties

For the best rate on your finished rental, it must meet or exceed the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC). Among other things, your garage must have fire-resistance-rated partitions, fire barriers, and firewalls between the finished garage and the main dwelling. There must be sufficient dimensions in windows, doors, and hallways to permit firefighters to access all living spaces.

Our agents here at the Gantt Agency in Farmville, VA will be happy to advise you on how to document the conditions currently existing in your finished garage rental unit as soon as you get in touch. Give us a call today!