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Carbon Monoxide Detectors to Become Required in Assisted Housing

The House Financial Services Committee passed a bill - the Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019 (H.R. 1690), and it will likely move forward to a full vote in the near future. The bill provides $300 million over three years to fund the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors in HUD-assisted housing units that have combustion-fueled appliances. This rule would apply to all HUD subsidized units. The effective date of this requirement is still not certain. Additionally, there is no detail yet provided on how the funding in HR1690 will be allocated.
    CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN FEDERALLY ASSISTED HOUSING. ​​​​​​
    "(A) IN GENERAL.—Each owner of a dwelling unit assisted under this section shall ensure that not less than one carbon monoxide detector is installed per floor in the dwelling unit in accordance with standards and criteria acceptable to the Secretary for the protection of occupants in the dwelling unit."(B) REHABILITATION.—Each owner of a dwelling unit assisted under this section that is located in a property that is undergoing or planning a substantial rehabilitation project shall ensure that, during that rehabilitation, not less than one carbon monoxide detector is installed per floor in the dwelling unit in accordance with standards and criteria acceptable to the Secretary for the protection of occupants in the dwelling unit.".
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