Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

A Brief on Smoke Alarms - Advantages

By Eva Peter Subscribe to RSS | May 16th 2012 | Views:

House Bill 1168 was passed in the Texas legislature and will was effective starting September 1, 2011. This bill puts stricter laws regarding smoke alarms in properties built both before and after September 2011. This legislation also gives clearance to local authorities to enforce even stricter smoke alarm guidelines on property owners, so be sure to check the local property laws to ensure that you are in accordance to all regulations. This bill is pertinent for the following dwellings:

1. Sing-family home/unit

2. Mobile home

3. Duplex unit

4. Condominiums

5. Any multi-unit residential unit (i.e. apartment complex)

New Regulations

The placement of smoke alarms in rental properties is now parallel to the Texas model codes. For those looking to invest in Texas property, or for those who already own rental properties, the following are the new regulations you will need to adhere to. Any property built after September 1, 2011 will need to be built according to these codes and properties that were occupied before September 1, 2011 will have until January 1, 2013 to meet state and local rulings.

1. HB 1168 requires at least one (1) smoke alarm in each bedroom. This also means any room that is used for sleeping (den, study, etc.) in the case of an efficiency unit.

2. When several bedrooms are clustered around the same hallway, it is mandatory that a smoke alarm be in that hallway.

3. If the unit is multi-level, the unit is required to have a smoke alarm on each level.

4. If the unit/rental property was occupied before September 1, 2011, the smoke alarms are permitted to be battery-operated and not required to be interconnected with other smoke alarms.

5. If the unit has a 1A10BC fire extinguisher, or if you, as the landlord, have installed any other non-rechargeable fire extinguisher in the unit, then you, as the landlord, are required to inspect the extinguisher both at the beginning of a tenant’s lease and if the tenant ever submits a written request.

6. Fire extinguisher repairs or replacements are the responsibility of the landlord if the extinguisher does not meet manufacturer requirements and/or if the tenant has used it for a legitimate purpose.

What to look for when buying property

As you look to invest in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio or any surrounding area, it is necessary to keep these new regulations in mind. Get documentation that verifies when the property was built as this will determine your timeline for smoke alarm additions. If the property was complete after 2011 the building should already be equipped with alarms and it should be the responsibility of the previous landlord to install them prior to the sell closing.

Eva Peter - About Author:
Jay Raman is the managing director of Ashoka Lion, a Houston and Dallas area property management firm. Ashoka Lion is a full licensed real estate brokerage in the Houston and Dallas Markets, and you can verify Ashoka Lion’s license with the Texas Real Estate Commission. For more information, please visit:

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:

Related Business Articles Subscribe to RSS

Efficient ship management - the biggest need of shipping business
Published by Saurabh Pandey on December 3rd 2011 | Business
If you are the owner of a ship then you might be looking for someone who can manage it so that you g...
Financial management of a small business
Published by Adam Walker on April 11th 2012 | Business
Small business owners tend to many times think that it is best to do all the work by themselves. Tha...
How to choose an area when searching for property to rent in Edinburgh
Published by Ann Clark on April 19th 2012 | Business
This article is concerned with pointing out all the relevant factors that you must take into conside...
Incredible returns on investment in commercial property in Mohali
Published by Deepti on March 23rd 2012 | Business
Undoubtedly real estate Mohali has witnessed tremendous growth and development in the last few yea...
Financial management of a festival production
Published by Adam Walker on April 11th 2012 | Business
Summer is coming up in Europe and the festival season is opening. This summer hundred thousands of p...
Cable and wire management
Published by Abhishek Gupta on July 17th 2012 | Business
Find an incredible selection of wire connecters terminals, wire terminal connectors, insulated wire ...
Outsourcing Payroll management services for small business in Delhi NCR
Published by Webin Lee on March 6th 2012 | Business
It is cheap to outsource the Accounting and Payroll services from the payroll management company rat...
Advantage of Joomla for a content management system
Published by Roney on February 7th 2012 | Business
Joomla hosting allows users to keep track of each part of the website content users are more or less...
What an intellectual property law firm does?
Published by Adli Law on March 27th 2012 | Business
The law firms often provide the proper consultation to their clients before finalizing the case. The...
Strata management solution and benefits
Published by Chris Whelan on February 29th 2012 | Business
Previously people didn’t face such difficulties during dividing their property or acquiring their ...
Investment property- the best of investment options
Published by Julia Roger on July 18th 2012 | Business
Experts feel when it comes to finding the best bmv deals, all that matters is the timing of selectin...
The Katale Partnership are without question leading management consultants
Published by Julia Roger on March 23rd 2012 | Business
Are you looking to improve your business practices so that your business can function better as a wh...
Five factors of Planning a Fencing Project for Your property
Published by Kusum Kalwar on January 25th 2012 | Business

If you are thinking about installing fencing around your home or garden there are few things to ...
Costa Rica Real Estate : Tips to help you find the perfect property for yourself
Published by Kristine on January 17th 2012 | Business
Over the past few years, there has been an overwhelming attraction to Costa Rica real estate. More a...
Make waste management easy with skip bins
Published by Matthew Arthur on August 6th 2012 | Business
Waste, trash or garbage is needed to be disposed in a proper way. There are many reputed companies w...
Real estate agents in Walsall lead you in investing property
Published by Redstones on January 21st 2012 | Business
Lettings franchise offered at Redstones letting agents, one of the leading estate agents in Walsall ...
Garden Side Gates could help make your property more secure
Published by Angie Turner on June 18th 2012 | Business
Security is a key consideration for any homeowner who wants to make sure that their property is...
Temple Realtors offer specialized services related to property transactions
Published by Rori Lyn on March 2nd 2012 | Business
If you are planning to sell the house then the very first thing you would like to know is how much y...
Mohali property – the best place to make investments
Published by Ravinder on November 28th 2011 | Business
Mohali, in the recent days, has emerged as the hot favorite destination for property investment. The...
Patents South Africa protect your intellectual property
Published by on June 19th 2012 | Business
Call a patent attorney that specializes in Patents South Africa and they provide you with peace of m...