New Carbon Monoxide Requirements Start on January 1, 2013

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Under the State Building Code Act (RCW 19.27), all rental properties in Washington must be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors, as the name implies, are designed to detect carbon monoxide, a toxic gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and initially non-irritating. Even if a rental property does not have a carbon monoxide source such as a garage or fuel source, all landlords must install one or more carbon monoxide detectors. Like smoke alarms, once installed, the burden shifts to the tenant to maintain.

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