New Smoke Detector Requirements for 2014

Greetings! A quick update on changes in the law for investors that takes place Jan 1 2014. I am reprinting and posting a link to the article an article written by eviction attorney Mike Brennan for the AOA magazine.


Most landlords already know the current laws regarding smoke alarms in residential properties. However, beginning January 1, 2014, new requirements take effect regarding the equipment, installation and maintenance of such devices. This article is short, general in nature, and designed to give landlords an easy to understand overview of the new laws, their obligations under them, and the consequences of failing to comply.

New Laws

As of January 1, 2014, all smoke alarms installed in residential rental units must be on the State Fire Marshal’s list of approved devices. In order to be on the list of approved devices, the device must:

Display the date of manufacture on the device
Provide a place on the device where the date of installation can be written
Incorporate a hush feature
Incorporate an end-of-life feature that provides notice that the device needs to be replaced; and contain a non-replaceable, non-removable battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for a minimum of 10 years (this last requirement applies only if the device is battery operated).


If you need help complying with the new regulations, I have an excellent affordable company that does smoke detector installations. Just shoot me an email or give me a call and I will get you his number.


About Derrick Ruiz

I am a Realtor with 28 years in Real Estate. I have extensive experience with Multifamily sales, Probate, Conservatorship, and Trust real estate sales. Please reach out to me if you are a PR and need any help. Call (310)308-3174 for immediate attention. Thank you.

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