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New Landlord Tenant Rules Governing Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors SB 1394

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Attorney, October 2013 Add to Favorites
As most California owners and landlords are already aware, all residential properties in the State of California are required to have at least one smoke detector. As of 2011, all single family residences have also been required to have at least one carbon monoxide detector. As of January 1, 2013, all multi-family unit dwellings (including apartments, duplexes, triplexes, etc.) have also been required to have a carbon monoxide detector.

Effective January 1, 2014, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors must now include a display of the date of manufacture of the device, a place to write the date of installation, a notice about the end of its “life span” and a hush feature. If the device is battery-operated, it must contain a non-removable, non-replaceable battery with a life span of at least 10-years.

Under existing law, the landlord-owner of a multi-unit dwelling is responsible for testing and maintaining detectors. Beginning January 1, 2014, owners of single family rental units will also be responsible for testing and maintaining these devices.

Also beginning January 1, 2014, in ALL dwelling units intended for human occupancy for which a building permit is issued for alterations, repairs, or additions, the permit issuer will be prohibited from signing off the completion of the work until it is demonstrated that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors required are the type approved by the State Fire Marshall.


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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.