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State Law Provides New Standards For Smoke Detectors

Statewide legislation now requires that all smoke detectors manufactured or sold after April 1, 2019 must either be hard-wired or employ a non-removable battery that will power the device for at least ten years.  Before any real estate is sold or leased, smoke detectors in the property must be upgraded to the new standards.  Condominiums and cooperatives may wish to address this issue on a building-wide basis, and should require that the seller or lessor of a unit certify that the smoke detectors meet current standards.