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  • Maine – Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    July 19th, 2010
    Effective March 25th of 2010 the Maine laws regarding Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors changed. These changes do effect real estate transactions. Buyers should be aware of the location and existence of these detectors while previewing and/or inspecting homes. As the buyers will be responsible for the correct installation.

    The fact sheet from the Maine State Fire Marshall states:

    “The purchaser of a single-family or multi-family dwelling(s) must certify that they shall properly install smoke detectors in the building, if not already present, within 30 days of acquisition or occupancy of the dwelling(s), which ever is later.”

    and

    “The purchaser of a single-family or multi-family dwelling(s) must certify that they shall properly install carbon monoxide detectors in the building, if not already present, within 30days of acquisition or occupancy of the dwelling(s), which ever is later. This includes single-family dwellings in which the previous owner did not have to, by law, install a carbon monoxide detector.”

    As you see the responsibility of installing the detectors has been placed on the buyer of the property. For more information and additional details, view the Fact Sheet provided by the State Fire Marshall, review the Maine Association of REALTORS Residential Property Transaction Booklet or ask your Jaret and Cohn agent.