Mr. and/or Ms. Seller – Do You Have A Carbon Monoxide Detector in Your House?

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

 Do You Have A Carbon Monoxide Detector in Your House?

Mr. and/or Ms. Seller – if we are going to work together this is an important question I will ask you. 

Carbon Monoxide detectors are now the law in CaliforniaWhile that may seem odd, and not related to taking your listing, it is a critical question. It's not simply a curiousity question.

It is now a legal matter in California.

Newly passed legislation, California Senate Bill 183, that is now in effect as of July 1, 2011 requires that any home sold after July 1, 2011 be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector for homes with a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage. This includes units that are leased. 

More specifically the required Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS) you will sign as a seller must now note the presence, or not, of carbon monoxide detectors in the home similar to what is required for smoke detectors.

Here’s a link to all the details of this important law that affects not just homeowners who are selling, but also landlords and homeowners in general 

California Senate Bill 183 

The other important piece of this legislation is that it enacts the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010, requiring all homes (including multi-family dwellings) be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. The date for compliance for single-family residential dwellings is July 1, 2011 (oops, bet a bunch of folks didn’t even know); the date for all other dwellings is on or before January 1, 2013

Comments (19)

Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Thanks Jeff for this post. I read about the California law recently regarding this matter. Thanks again for posting this.

Jul 27, 2011 09:11 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, those making those laws should be well a ware of the dangers of carbon monoxide.  It is very evident that our local, state, and national politician have sniffed enough of it, and just look a the results that it has produced :) :) :)

Jul 27, 2011 09:23 AM
Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI Real Adventures

We need these in our homes no doubt about it.  Many may not know it is a law in their area 

Jul 27, 2011 09:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ralph - you are welcome. Homeowners need to know whether they are selling or not.

George - Ha ha. I'm surprised that it took this long, given the number of deaths that occur every year just in CA


Jul 27, 2011 10:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Bob - no doubt you are right. That's why getting the word out is important. But it makes sense to have one in every home regardless of any laws that might exist.


Jul 27, 2011 10:02 AM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Yep, I have my carbon monoxide detector. But I think I'm really supposed to remove it from the packaging and screw it into my ceiling. Can you spell 27 days of procrastination?

Jul 27, 2011 12:25 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Jeff - CA has smoke detector disclosures, too?  We don't even have that required in Florida.  I bet you have a long list!

Jul 27, 2011 12:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Cynthia - ha ha. It WILL work better that way. But my bet is you are NOT alone.

Wendy - yep. And also earthquake strapping on water heaters. :)


Jul 27, 2011 12:38 PM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


I find it amazing that people done have one of these when they can save ones life

Jul 27, 2011 01:16 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jeff, when we built our home we had them installed in our home, and of course smoke dectectors.

Jul 27, 2011 03:01 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Thanks for the reminder, Jeff.  I wonder what will be required next.  Hopefully the retrofit companies are up to speed on this now, since earlier this year they didn't have a clue.

Jul 27, 2011 05:02 PM
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

That's great information, Jeff. Especially important when the law changes since most people will be completely unaware of this!

Jul 27, 2011 07:59 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, I even carry some extra ones in the car. Thankfully, I needed one recently and decided to buy a few extras. I will likley put the extra ones up in my own home.

Jul 27, 2011 09:09 PM
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Jeff this is so important for everyone!  I liken it to cheap insurance - like a seat belt.  Carbon monoxide detectors are now required in homes built after the law in the Triangle but there isn't a disclosure form.  Great idea  CA is always leading the way in getting useful laws in place...  

Jul 28, 2011 03:33 AM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Thanks for the gentle reminder. Definitely something important that we all need to do to our homes.

Jul 28, 2011 05:26 PM
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate
Yep... it sure is. I just closed my first escrow where the seller had to install a carbon monoxide detector. A good thing for everyone to have.
Jul 28, 2011 05:36 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I am closing on a home tomorrow-- but it is all electric and does not require detectors!  Thanks for posting Jeff... I am re-blogging!   Kathy

Jul 28, 2011 07:11 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

We had a presentation the last two office meetings at our office on this topic.

Jul 28, 2011 07:17 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Jeff -

California is always out front on the protection rules, isn't it?
Thanks for the clear explanation and the link.

Have a happy day -

Jul 28, 2011 07:36 PM