The Latest Smoke Detector Law

This is a law that will cut out a lot of aggravation for both you and the tenant. A smoke detector that works for 10 years! Great! Because most of the housing inspections that failed because of smoke detectors only failed because the battery needed to be replaced – not because the smoke detector needed replacing. The tenants are responsible for doing that, however, if it’s not done it still ends up being a liability to the landlord…A glaring potential hazard. I think this is a good law because I have seen more than a few smashed up smoke detectors. I was constantly telling tenants to stop buying batteries at the dollar store.


The law states that as of April 1, 2019 any new or replacement smoke detectors in the state
have to be powered by a non-removable battery that lasts for at least 10 years, or it must be
hardwired to the home’s electricity, said. New smoke detecting units have a sealed
lithium battery that people cannot take out.-Mar 15, 2019

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