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.
While 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
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