New Connecticut Law Requires Smoke and CO Detectors

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New Connecticut Law Requires Smoke and CO Detectors

A new Connecticut Law that went into effect on Jan 1, 2014 will require some additional attention from home owners and their agents. This is CT public Act 13-272. All one and two family homes built before October of 2005 are affected.

Prior to closing, sellers will be required to sign an affidavit stating that there are working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the home. If there are no detectors, the seller will be required to give the buyers a credit of $250.

For all homes built after Oct 2005, this will have minimum impact as they have been required to be included in the homes from that day forward.

There are exceptions to this law however, the affidavit will still need to be signed. Exemptions are allowed for all homes that have no fuel-burning appliances or fireplaces or an attached garage. A stand alone all electric home with no garage would satisfy the exemption.

If a home already has smoke detectors, it will be required to have them identified as hard wired or battery operated. This will hold for carbon monoxide detectors as well.

The easiest way to get this incorporated into the home buying process would be to make sure that the home inspector makes notations of the presence of equipment in the report, and the working condition of the detectors.

When meeting with a seller to discuss their listing, it may be appropriate to bring this into the conversation as well.

Connecticut home owners wishing to sell their homes will need to be attentive to this new requirement or be prepared to credit the buyers this sum at closing.

New Connecticut Law Requires Smoke and CO Detectors


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Deborah Laemmerhirt - REALTOR® Brookfield,Newtown,Roxbury,Bridgewater,Washington,Sherman
Keller Williams Luxury Homes International - Brookfield, CT
Luxury Homes,WaterFront,Equestrian,NewConstruction

Hi Ed, Thanks for the information.  This will be one more item to add to the list of to do items in getting the home ready for the market...For some it might be easier to pay the $250.  This may also mean a change in our property disclosures.  Good blog!

Jan 08, 2014 10:28 PM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Deborah, it came up on a closing I have this week, and will also affect a short sale closing I have for next week.  I have a copy of the form if you would like it

Jan 08, 2014 10:38 PM #2
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Ed, this is probably long over due. I make sure my Buyers have them when they purchase here.

Jan 08, 2014 11:28 PM #3
John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician
Safe and Sound Electric LLC - Greenwich, CT
Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021

Ed, thanks for making people aware of this new law.  Another thing about smoke detectors that people do not realise is many of the newer units have an "end-of-life" alarm that sounds after seven years.  After that period of time, the electrical code says they need to be replaced.  The rule makes sense when you consider how much dust can collect on those units in seven years.  

Jan 09, 2014 03:07 AM #4
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Ed  We have had that in place in Philly for years ..It is a safety issue

Jan 09, 2014 04:00 AM #5
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

It's been law in Massachusetts for quite a while now too.  It definitely makes sense.

Jan 09, 2014 05:53 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed thanks for the information.  I would think most homes would have smoke detectors, but I doubt many have the carbon monoxide detectors.

Jan 09, 2014 08:54 AM #7
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Ed, This law will save lives! Carbon Monoxide kills so many people every year and this should be a standard everywhere.

Jan 09, 2014 12:00 PM #8
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

It is about time CT. got on the bandwagon. Many states already have similar regulations. Both detectors are must in every home, apartment and business.

Jan 09, 2014 06:50 PM #9
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Ed...great information for your readers, we have a similar building code requirement for smoke detectors here.

Have a fun and successful day!

Jan 09, 2014 11:44 PM #10
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Ed-   I am listing my first all electric heat home, but it has a fireplace, so I guess the smoke detectors are a must, but CO?    I will have to read further....  

Jan 10, 2014 02:31 AM #11
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning, Ed. I think that it is a good law, however; the devices are only good as long as folks keep putting batteries in them. It is amazing how many times I find these devices with the batteries pulled out.

Jan 10, 2014 05:58 PM #12
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Great information Ed.  NY has had this law for quite awhile now.

Jan 10, 2014 07:48 PM #13
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