What is, or should be, just outside each sleeping room and should be on every level of the unit (house), including the basement?

Ok, tired from work and don’t want to guess, or are you thinking about it, the answer is not beer, or morning pancakes!

Carbon Monoxide Detectors is the answer and the Law! Landlords take notes, this applies to property management, rental management, and hotel/motel management. It’s the CA Law

According to www.LawDoctionary.org (http://thelawdictionary.org/article/what-are-californias-requirements-for-carbon-monoxide-detectors/)

California requires that CO detectors be installed in all residential occupancies with fuel-burning appliances such as oil or gas furnaces and gas stoves. CO detectors must also be installed in all residential units with attached garages. Landlords must ensure that CO detectors are installed and in good working order before tenants take possession, but it is a renter’s responsibility to inform the landlord if the CO detector has become inoperable or deficient.

Required locations for CO detectors in all residential occupancies include:

  • Just outside each sleeping room
  • At least one on every level of the unit, including the basement
  • For motels and hotels, on the ceilings of sleeping rooms

Carbon Monoxide is a byproduct of combustion. When things burn, carbon monoxide is released. Unfortunately it is odorless and tasteless.

Accoriding to The Real Estate Inspection Company, https://sdinspect.com/health-and-safety/new-law-regarding-carbon-monoxide-detectors/

There are two types of CO detectors commonly available:


This is the dominant technology used in the United States. A sensor creates an electric charge which varies with the amount of CO present. They use little power, and operate at room temperature.


These detectors have a sensor which changes color in the presence of CO. Just like blood, the sensor gets darker with higher concentrations of CO. An optical sensor reacts to the changing color. These detectors are very accurate and are used in higher-end facilities such as hospitals, where the cost of a false alarm can be high.

There are dangers from exposure and it is a landlord’s duty to provide these detectors in the rental property. As a property management company in Corona, Temecula, Murrieta Anaheim Hills, Eastvale, Riverside and the surrounding cities, we urge our property owners, and those with rental properties, to ensure their properties have detectors for the safety of the occupant and their family.

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Posted by: Signature Team on November 2, 2017