Georgia Landlords and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors in Rental Properties

on 14 December 2014

I recently had a tenant from Milton, GA contact me demanding that we install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in the property, claiming that it was the landlords lawful duty to do so.  I have, also had tenants from other communities in Georgia such as Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Woodstock with similar demands.

Here's what I tell them: Official Georgia Code, Title 8, Chapter 2, Sections 20 and 25 require that all Georgia single-family and two-family homes comply with the International Residential Code (IRC).

The IRC was updated effective January 2014 to include a requirement that newly renovated homes or those requiring a building permit for substantial upgrades have CO detectors installed in the property if it has fuel fired appliances or an attached garage.  The detectors must be installed outside of each separate sleeping area (R315.1 and R315.3).  But there is no retroactive requirement.  Existing homes need only upgrade when substantially renovating.

As an investor, myself, I plan to have these devices installed in all of my properties the first opportunity.  It’s probably not something that a landlord needs to do immediately, because in homes that don’t meet all of the above described conditions, there is no regulation requiring it, but it’s a good idea to begin planning for this. 

Meanwhile, if a tenant specifically asks for a CO detector, I would recommend installing it for them.  These devices are not overly expensive.  You can buy a variety of detectors ranging in price from $15 to $100 that feature a variety of powering options from battery to hardwire.    

Daniel R. Wilhelm
Roswell, Georgia
Executive Broker
3 Options Realty, LLC., CRMC®, The Green Broker
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