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New Carbon Monoxide Detector Notice Forms Available at Wisconsin Legal Blank

As I mentioned in my previous post, as of February 1, 2011 a new Wisconsin law requiring owners of single family and two-family properties throughout Wisconsin (including owner-occupied properties) went into effect.

In light of this new law, I have drafted a new Carbon Monoxide Detector Notice form that landlords can give to their tenant’s that explains the new law and provides both the tenant and the landlord with notice as to what their respective responsibilities are under the new law.  This new form is now available for purchase at Wisconsin Legal Blank Company, Inc.

I have also renamed prior carbon monoxide detector notice form for multi-unit properties which has been available since April of 2010,and is also sold at Wisconsin Legal Blank.

The new form addressing the new law is entitled “Carbon Monoxide Detector Notice: Single and Two-Family Dwellings.”  The older form for multi-unit buildings has been renamed “Carbon Monoxide Detector Notice: Multi-Unit Properties.”

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Carbon Monoxide Detector Law for Single Family Homes and Duplexes To Take Effect Feb. 1st

The new state law requiring that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in all single family homes and duplexes takes effect on February 1, 2011. 

The law requires that a functional CO2 detector be installed in the basement and on each floor (except the attic, garage or storage area) of each property.  This law can be found at sec. 101.647 of the Wisconsin Statutes.   The only exception to this would be if the building has all-electric heat and electric appliances and no attached garage.  Here is my prior post on this new law.

Here is a link to a recent Journal Sentinel article on the topic.

If you will recall, carbon monoxide detectors were required to be installed in multi-family buildings back in April of 2010.  The law reagarding CO2 detectors in multi-family units is codified in sec. 101.149, Wis. Stats.

If you are looking for a carbon monoxide detector form to distribute to your tenants, Wisconsin Legal Blank Co. is currently selling the form that sets forth the law regarding multi-family buildings.  A form detailing the carbon monoxide detector law for single-family homes and duplexes will be available in the near future for those landlords renting out singles and deuces.

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Landlords Will Be Required To Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Single Family and Duplex Rentals

A new bill was recently passed by the Wisconsin Senate that will require landlords that rent out single-family homes and duplexes to install carbon monoxide detectors on all floors of these dwellings by Febraury 1, 2011.

Senate Bill 415 was passed 69-27 via voice vote after the Assembly previously passed the bill by a 2/3′s margin.  You can read the entire history of the bill here.  It is anticipated that the Governor will sign the bill.

SB 415 requires the owner of most buildings that contain one or two dwelling units to install a carbon monoxide detector in the basement and on each floor of the dwelling unit except for the attic.

Additionally, the bill requires that if the tenant notifies the owner in writing that a detector is not working properly, that the owner must perform the necessary maintenance to repair the detector or replace it within 5 days after receipt of the notice by the tenant.

The bill also exempts an owner for any liability for any false alarms or from the failure of the detector to work properly if its failure was due to tampering, as long as the owner reasonably maintained the detector.

Existing 1 and 2 unit dwellings will be allowed to use battery operated carbon monoxide detectors.

A carbon monoxide detector is not required to be installed if the unit does not have an attached garage, has no fireplace, and has no fuel-burning appliances.

Finally, the bill authorizes a building inspector to inspect new dwellings, and if requested to do so by the owner or tenant, to inspect the interior of an existing rental unit to ensure that the owner has complied with the requirements set forth in this bill.

This new law will become effective as of February 1, 2011 and will be contained in Section 101.647 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Please remember that the carbon monoxide law that affects rentals that include 3 units or greater goes into effect April 1, 2010.  This law can be found in Sec. 101.149, of the Wisconsin Statutes.  ADDED 3/1/10:  These regulations were issued as emergency rules by the Department of Commerce, Safety and Building Division, as required 2007 Wisconsin Act 205 (in April 2008).  The Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s brochure on this law is very informative.

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Thanks to Atty. Heiner Giese for forwarding this information to me.

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