Carbon Monoxide Detectors Mandatory in Los Angeles Homes as of July 1, 2011

California Senate Bill 183 Carbon Monoxide DetectorsJust so that everyone has a clear understanding – California Senate Bill 183 was signed into law to regulate the installation of carbon monoxide detectors. The law is a two-part law that requires an update to the Transfer Disclosure Statements used in a real estate transaction, and puts into law the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010.

The first part of the new law requires that as of July 1, 2011, Transfer Disclosure Statements (TDS forms) include a line item regarding the presence or absence of a carbon monoxide detector in the same manner as Smoke Detectors, for all residential units that are sold. This applies to just about all types of occupancies from single family owner-occupied and rentals, to multi-family housing. If the property is being sold, it must now include a CO Detector if the dwelling has gas appliances, fireplaces, and/or attached garages as described below.

The second part of the law enacts the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 which requires that all residential properties, not just those being sold, be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector when the property has a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, and/or an attached garage.  All single-family homes in structures with 1-4 units (owner or tenant occupied) must be equipped with a detector on or before July 1, 2011.

All other multi-family residential units must be equipped with a detector on or before January 1, 2013, not just those being sold.

For rentals, the carbon monoxide detector must be operable at the time the tenant takes possession. A tenant is responsible for notifying the owner or owner’s agent if the tenant becomes aware of an inoperable or deficient carbon monoxide detector within his or her unit. The owner or owner’s agent must correct any reported deficiencies in the carbon monoxide detector and will not be in violation of this section for a deficient or inoperable carbon monoxide detector when he or she has not received notice of the deficiency or inoperability.

The bottom line is that ALL SINGLE FAMILY residential dwelling units as of July 1, 2011 must have a CO detector, even those that are not being sold. All other dwelling units (multi-family, dormitories, hotels, motels, etc) must have CO detectors installed by January 1, 2013.

Expect to see this new inspection item in your home inspection report. Home inspectors will be required to report on the presence or absence of a working Carbon Monoxide detector just like they report on Smoke Detectors, and water heater strapping.

Home buyers and sellers will also see this new requirement on Transfer Disclosure Statements. In addition to smoke alarms and strapped water heaters, sellers will be required to disclose the presence or absence of a working carbon monoxide detector

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  1. Great LA information for your consumer, Jane. I love how you added more information with regards to how you operate. Anyone buying or selling LA real estate MUST call you!

  2. In this crazy world of big brother taking over, I don’t object to this law. It’s good to know that you are on top of all the requirements for sellers, and this is the type of thing that FSBO’s are clueless about. I wonder what the penalties will be for violators?

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