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Of course a landlord may legally restrict the use of a fireplace in a rented home---for whatever reason that landlord might have. While a safety reason could be chosen, it would not be necessary to make the restriction valid and enforceable under CA law. The only necessity is that the home be capable of being heated in the cold weather through some heating device---be it central heat, wall heaters or even individual space heaters.
The restriction would have to be clearly stated in the lease agreement, as without the written restriction the landlord could not enforce the restriction. And if the tenant violated the lease restriction, that could be legal grounds to terminate the lease and demand that the tenant relocate.
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