If you are in the process of buying or selling real estate, remember that the new law in support of adequate smoke and carbon dioxide detectors went into effect January 1st this year.
Sellers will be required to provide an affidavit confirming that the required working detectors have been installed or pay the buyer $250 at closing. Here is a brochure explaining the regulation as well as the exact language of the new law.
Although the attorneys handle the affidavit during the closing process, it is best for the parties to be proactive. If you are the seller, put the required detectors in place when you put your house on the market. If you are the buyer, make sure your inspector looks for the detectors and includes his findings and recommendations in his report. If there are missing detectors, ask that they be installed during your inspection contingency period so that there is no misunderstanding about it as the closing approaches and the attorneys raise the issue.
This way all the necessary detection devices will be in place, and there will be no delay in having a completed affidavit in time for your closing!
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