Beginning November 1, 2009, a new Maine law requires smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in every rental property, and in any residence purchased after that date.
- Must be 120V with battery backup and powered by the building's electrical system.
- Plug in units are acceptable, as long as they have a battery backup.
- Detectors must be in each unit, near bedrooms for apartments or rental homes - even seasonal or occasional rentals.
- Must be photo-electric type if located within 20' of a kitchen or bathroom.
Buying a Home?
Buyers (not sellers) must certify that these detectors are in the property in order to close on a purchase & sale agreement. The Maine Dept. of Public Safety is drafting a certification form which will be used for this purpose.
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