Well, I’m trying REAL HARD not to be political, but it’s getting tougher. CA Senate bill 183 is a mandatory residential Carbon Monoxide detector law that is now in effect. Since the state can’t enforce all their new rules (or old ones), it appears that certain appraisers and/or lenders may be pushed to do it for them. What’s this mean? Generally, if you are getting a real estate loan and you don’t have a detector installed, the appraiser could require it, along with an added fee for coming back to the property to make sure it’s installed.
First, be aware of the law, and you may want to install the appropriate detectors (even if just for safety reasons). Second, if you’re refinancing (or selling your house), install the detectors before the appraiser shows up. It may save time, and an added re-certification fee.
At this point, I don’t think every appraiser/lender will require compliance, but I do want to give everyone a “heads up”.