Are you up to Speed on the Latest CO and Smoke Alarm Laws?

pic_360fbd1cLocal Law 75 requires the replacement of all carbon monoxide(CO) alarms that have exceeded their useful life as defined by the manufacturer.  The law is about two years old and applies to NYC apartment buildings

Local Law 112 is a newer law which also applies to apartment buildings.  It requires the replacement of all smoke alarms that have exceeded their useful life as defined by the manufacturer.  The law requires all replacement alarms to have a sealed, non removable ten year lithium battery.

Combination CO and smoke alarms with sealed lithium batteries are probably your best best if you’re looking to kill two laws with one stone.   The laws allows the owner, co-op, condo etc to collect a reimbursement of up to $50 for a combination alarm.

Enforcement thus far has been weak which is not surprising.  It’s hard to imagine HPD being capable of inspecting these alarms  in any large scale way.  There may be some one off violations/fines being given in cases where HPD was called to an  apartment for a different reason.  But I personally haven’t seen any building wide fines being given.

Nonetheless, considering the allowable reimbursement(and yes, I know that sometimes collecting this reimbursement is easier said than done), it may be worthwhile simply from a liability perspective to comply with these laws.  

If you want to comply with this law, give us a call.  We can put you in touch with a large supplier that offers deep bulk discounts to the NYC real estate community.  

Read Local Law 75

Read Local Law 112

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