California Senate Bill 183 was signed into law which requires the installation of Carbon Monoxide detectors in rental units, and dwellings that are being transferred (sold) after July 1, 2011. It also requires that Carbon Monoxide detectors are installed in ALL homes by January 1st, 2013. 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 starting July 1, 2011.
This bill requires that a carbon monoxide device be installed in existing dwellings intended for human occupancy that have a fossil fuel (gas or wood) burning appliance, fireplace, and/or an attached garage, provides that the exclusive remedy for failure to install a device is actual damages not to exceed $100, exclusive of any court costs and attorney's fees, revises the statutory Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement to require the seller of a one-to-four residential property or manufactured home to make certain disclosures regarding carbon monoxide devices, smoke detectors, and water heaters, and requires the owner of a rental dwelling unit to maintain carbon monoxide devices in the unit.
As of July 1, 2011, Carbon Monoxide detectors will be REQUIRED in houses that are being sold if they have any of the following: