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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Landlords must install carbon monoxide detectors

Numerous deaths have occurred because of carbon monoxide poisoning.  In response, California requires every dwelling unit to have and maintain a carbon monoxide detector. But, what if you are a landlord?  California legislators have thought about that (you didn’t think they would forget landlords did you?).  California places the responsibility for installing and maintaining a CO2 detector on landlords.
In 2010, the California legislature enacted the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 with the intent to prevent death and illness resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning.
In addition to the act, further legislation was added requiring that the owners of all rental units with a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage, install and maintain carbon monoxide detection devices in the unit. This mandate is effective on July 1, 2011 for existing single-family dwelling units, and on January 1, 2013, for all other existing dwelling units.
The new law further requires that the carbon monoxide detector be operable when the tenant takes possession of the unit. Tenants are responsible for notifying the landlord of any problem with the detector, and the landlord has the responsibility to correct any reported problems.
Landlords may enter the units to install, repair, test, and maintain carbon monoxide detection devices.

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