Corporate Housing Landlord Responsibility: Part III of III

What state do you live in? Do you have a Carbon Monoxide Detector? Are you breaking the law?

Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Individual states are starting to pass new landlord laws that require corporate housing landlords to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors, and may enter the corporate rental for the purposes of installing, repairing, and testing. Tenants are responsible for notifying the landlord if the device becomes inoperable.

As of January 2010 24 states have enacted laws regarding carbon monoxide detectors or smoke alarms: Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Only Alaska and North Carolina require both alarms. Virginia does not require a detector but prohibits persons from tampering or removing a detector. Alaska requires detectors approved by the state fire marshal installed in all dwellings. Connecticut requires detectors in all new construction. Florida also requires them in new construction, and in every room with a boiler.

Really, no electrical wiring required, you can plug them into the wall or just add batteries for as little as $20 and you could be saving your tenants life!

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