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PA Act 121 of 2013 - Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Discussion in 'Pennsylvania' started by MikeC, May 21, 2015.

  1. MikeC

    MikeC Silver Member

    May 17, 2012
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    Here is Act 121 of 2013 (it is short)


    I wonder where this leaves us who enforce the UCC? Section 3 of the act reads:

    So, now the issue is: I issue a COO for an R2 occupancy and the Property Maintenance Inspectors come along for the rental inspection and tell the owner it doesn't pass because he doesn't have carbon monoxide alarms.

    For those of you who don't know, PA is still mostly in the 2009 editions of the I-codes. Carbon monoxide alarms didn't exist in the IBC until 2012.
  2. jdfruit

    jdfruit Registered User

    Jan 7, 2015
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    After reading the legislation; it appears the focus is Owner and Tenant responsibility to install the CO detectors, maintain them in working condition, and disclose their existence upon rent agreement. Looks like the Building Officials are not in this loop.

    When CA did the CO detector mess a couple years ago for requiring them retrofit (similar to PA), they initially required retrofit with verification by Fire Marshal. Now the CO detectors are in the current code and life is somewhat easier.
  3. JBI

    JBI Registered User

    Oct 17, 2009
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    I didn't read the act (headache), but if it is a retroactive requirement, then the units must be installed.

    If it is an interim amendment to the UCC, then it would be enforced as provided from the date it went into effect forward.
  4. cda

    cda Sawhorse

    Oct 19, 2009
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    They have 18 months from when it was signed to comply

    It is just a retro legislation

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