For a few years now, we've been expecting some new legislation for the State of Maryland to take effect in regards to smoke alarms. As of January 1, 2018 ALL residential property sold in Maryland (not sold as-is) must have at least one smoke alarm in each sleeping bedroom, 1 smoke alarm in each hallway or common area out side of the sleeping bedrooms, and at least 1 smoke alarm in the hallway or common area of each level of the home (including basements). If multiple smoke alarms are required, they must be wired to sound at the same time in case of emergency. They should also operate off of battery with a backup power source.
It's not a new requirement; older residential homes are now being required to fit into the 2012 building code that has been used for New Construction and new permits. Since 2013 sellers have been required to disclose if their smoke alarms are older than 10 years, with a request to replace them with newer smoke alarms to fit with updated guidelines.
The new battery alarms must sealed, long-life battery smoke alarms that may have a silence or hush feature. The type of smoke alarm needed will depend on the age of your home as well. When in doubt- go for the newer alarm with more features and security!
Have a residential investment property? You may want to check the guidelines more closely to ensure you are in compliance. Any questions about selling? Feel free to contact me any time for advice or questions.
Dunkirk MD Homes for Sale - Genna Fleming, REALTOR® at EXIT 1 STOP REALTY
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