April 10th: Realtors at the Capitol Part II

“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.

Smoke detector

Smoke detector (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!


About Ruth Zeiss

As a Realtor servicing the state of Connecticut, I believe everyone deserves a boutique level of client care, regardless of the size of the moat around their castle. I believe that homeownership is the gateway to prosperity. Why build someone else’s equity when you can build your own wealth? If you’re a buyer, my goal is to find you a home you can not only afford to buy, but a home you can afford to keep. Are you selling your house? I will work with you to market and sell your property. Your ideas are always welcome because no on knows their house as well as you do. If you are a renter, you know how competitive the rental market is. I will help you find the best quality rental in your budget Is your credit scratched and dented? I will help you market yourself to the landlord so you can overcome those blemishes on your credit report & get the rental. Buying, selling, or leasing, I will protect your interests every step of the way from the initial negotiations, to inspections, appraisals, and finally the closing table. I care for my clients as if you are my own children. It’s not just my job, it’s the way I’ve always done business. Ruth Zeiss CT Real Estate License RES.0789147
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