Beginning on January 1, 2023, a new Louisiana carbon monoxide detector law will go into effect.
What does the law say?
All existing one-or-two-family dwellings at the time of transfer or lease shall contain, at a minimum, an operable carbon monoxide detector with a long-life, sealed battery. The carbon monoxide detector may or may not be combined with smoke detection.
• This new law applies to properties both with and without gas service.
• Transfers include sales and donations and it is the responsibility of the seller/lessor to install the required alarms. Prices vary, with a range of options available online.
Source: LA Office of State Fire Marshal
The same law also requires that anyone installing generators in one-or-two-family dwellings must also install a carbon monoxide detector as above. This law applies to dwellings of any age and those with a whole-home generator are required to install multiple CO alarms.
Sellers – don’t be surprised when inspection reports come back with the installation as a requirement, particularly for buyers using government-backed mortgage loans.