Inspected a townhome today in Orlando. It was built in 2007 and is a 4 unit building with 2 upper units above 2 lower units. Each unit has a single garage and the garages for the upper and lower units are adjacent to each other. When I went into the attic above the garage, I found that there was no fire separation between the garages. I could see that attic access for the adjacent garage from the attic opening. The garage ceiling did have 5/8" drywall but other than that, there was no obvious separation.
It has been 10 years since I was involved in construction of a town home but then we had complete separation between the units, including the garages. Is there an exception that I am not aware of that would allow the attics over the garages to be connected?
I am including a photo taken while standing on my ladder at the attic opening and you can see that attic light fixture above the access panel from the other garage.