“April 10th: Realtors at the Capitol Part II”
Today I’ll tell you about HB 6160 which requires working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in all residential buildings and private dwellings when title is transferred. Although the CT Association of Realtors support reasonable measures to increase awareness and use of CO and smoke detectors, but oppose mandates that would make smoke and carbon monoxide detectors a condition of title transfer.
As any of you who have purchased a house knows, especially in this restrictive climate, it’s hard enough to get a house to closing without mandating expensive retrofitting of buildings to the latest standards. The bill, in it’s current state, requires a transferor to provide an affidavit in situations such as transfers to spouses, mortgages, which are a title transfer in Connecticut, and transfers for estate planning purposes. Car believes these types of transfers should be exempt.
The current bill before the house requires post-closing responsibilities and liabilities of the seller. Closing attorneys will be forced to hold post-closing escrows to secure these responsibilities, creating an administrative nightmare.
The current bill requires CO detectors and their installation to meet National Fire Protection Association requirements. Unfortunately, these standards aren’t publicly available so how can you force sellers to swear under oath that their installation meets these proprietary requirements. CAR also feels the bill should specifically allow the use of battery-operated CO detectors as it does smoke detectors.
Since the Property Condition Disclosure Report already requires sellers to discloses whether detectors are present and working, and licensed home inspectors also test detectors as part of their home inspections, an affidavit shouldn’t be necessary if the buyer has received a home inspection or the property condition disclosure indicates that detectors are not only present, but working.
Next time I’ll tell you about SB 971: A modern method of foreclosure. Stay tuned!
- If You Don’t Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector, Listen Up! (mynewplace.com)
- Meridian City Council passes carbon monoxide detector ordinance (ktvb.com)
- Home Inspection Checklist – MilitaryVALoan.com (militaryvaloan.com)