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Hello there and thanks for writing back. I will be glad to comment further.
I have searched through the local regulations (codes and ordinances) available online. Unfortunately, none of them address your specific situation. They do address smoke detectors, but just in the context of building permits which is not of particular help here. I also researched through four sites that carry local city and county codes and ordinances:
There is fairly good coverage for Massachusetts; unfortunately, however, none of them cover Leicester. However, I think that the most helpful provision will actually be a state statute, in particular General Laws of Massachusetts chapter 148, § 26E. Fortunately, the statutory language addresses "...dwellings occupied in whole or in part for residential purposes..." (thinking of your circumstances living above commercial property).
I hope this is of some more help and that things work out for you.
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