New Laws

"Nicole's Law"

Effective March 31st, 2006, all single and multi-family homes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts equipped with fossil burning equipment that produces carbon monoxide or which have enclosed parking attached to living areas will be required to have Carbon Monoxide Detectors installed. The law, and the regulations that implement it, apply to ALL homes and not just those that are being sold.  This means all homes that are heated with gas, oil, or propane will need CO detectors.

Sellers, especially, should understand that, for all closings taking place on or after March 31st, the local fire department will be inspecting for compliance with this requirement at the same time they are inspecting for compliance with the smoke detector law prior to closing. The regulations allow for all residential dwellings, including rentals, to contain battery operated or plug-in CO detectors rather than hard-wired units.  Further, the regulations require that CO detectors be placed on each habitable level of a dwelling; this expressly excludes unfinished basements, attics or crawl spaces. 

In addition, the law states that fire departments may NOT charge an additional fee for inspecting the CO detector if they are already there to do a smoke detector inspection.  Specific compliance questions should be directed to your personal attorney or local fire department.  For further information, please download and print out the .pdf files, as prepared by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORSĀ®, by clicking the download icon below. If your system does not already have Adobe Acrobat, you will need to visit www.Adobe.com and download the free version in order to view and print each file. 

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New CO Law - HomeOwners:

Massachusetts New Carbon Monoxide Law:
      What ALL Homeowners Need to Know...

Download CO_for_homeowners_1_.pdf

New CO Law - LandLords:

Massachusetts New Carbon Monoxide Law:
      What ALL LandLords Need to Know...

Download CO_for_landlords_1_.pdf

Landlords & Dangerous Dogs:

Before you say "yes" to pets - Check out this information about "Dangerous Dogs." You may be denied homeowners insurance or any claims resulting from any incidents involving what is considered to be a dangerous dog.



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