Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law
Massachusetts home owners need to comply with this law by September 30, 2011.
Visit the MassDEP web site Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade for official information.
The recognized authority to determine if your system is compliant with the law is a MA licensed Oil Burner Technician. Make sure you get a Certificate Of Compliance (527 CMR Form 1A).
Copies of the form may be obtained from the Office of the State Fire Marshall Forms website. This is the same site with the Smoke Detector / Carbon Monoxide compliance form.
During recent home inspections, the oil lines did not meet the compliance requirements. Both the seller's agent and buyer's agent were not aware of the requirements. As I understand the regulations, an Insurance company may deny coverage for oil lines not in compliance. Don't let this prevent the buyers from obtaining an insurance policy.
Anyone considering selling their home should get a certificate of compliance at their next oil refill or oil burner tune-up.