I recently sat in a Women's Council of Realtors luncheon with a speaker from C.A.R. During the very informative talk on legal updates in California the topic of Carbon Monoxide Detectors came up. The speaker stated that it was not going to be the job of the Realtorto police homeowners compliance with the new law requiring them to have a Carbon Monoxide Detector in their home because the requirement was for all homes, not just those for sale. Yesterday I received an interesting email. The email stateed that Appraisers are being required to state where a home is compliant with the new Carbon Monoxide Detector law. If the property is not in compliance the Appraiser is required to re-inspect and there is a fee required to the re-inspect.
What does this mean for us as Realtors? When you are a selling agent you should provide written information to the seller regarding the law. When you write an offer on a home as a buyers agent ensure that the seller is compliant with the new law, if not include the requirement for compliance in the contract. Don't subject your buyers with unnecessary Appraiser fees. For our buyers, every cent counts and it is our job to protect our clients interests.