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New San Francisco Real Estate Laws

Smoke Detector Compliance Laws Changed: Effective July 1, 2014, a battery-operated smoke alarm will not be legal unless it contains a non-replaceable, non-removable battery capable of powering the smoke alarm for at least 10 years. Until July 1, 2015, an exception to this rule applies to smoke alarms ordered by, or in the inventory of, an owner, managing agent, contractor, wholesaler, or retailer on or before July 1, 2014.

Starting January 1, 2015, smoke alarms must: (1) display the date of manufacture on the device; (2) provide a place on the device to insert the date of installation; and (3) incorporate a "hush" feature.

New Smoke Free Disclosure Policy: Newly added Article 19M of the San Francisco Health Code requires that property owners and managers: (a) complete a legally specified process to designate each rental unit as smoke-free or smoking optional and include that designation in vacancy listings; (b) provide rental applicants a list designating units in the building that are smoking optional; and (c) disclose in writing to a rental applicant (prior to lease execution) whether the rental unit is designated as smoke free or smoking optional. The designation process must be completed by December 31, 2013 (for property owners of 50 residential units or less) or December 31, 2014 (for property owners of 51 or more residential units).



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