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Smoke, carbon monoxide alarm law helping make city safer

By Steven Spinola

Last month, we were reminded to set our clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings. It is also during this time of year that we are reminded to change the batteries in our smoke alarms.

However, this year will mark a change in that routine for many families in New York for the next several years.

New MD Law Requires Sealed-in Battery Smoke Alarms
New law requires sealed-in battery smoke alarms

As of April 1, owners of multi-family properties in New York City are now required to install new smoke or combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms when replacing the current units.

These new devices will feature a battery lasting up to ten years, which is sealed inside of the unit itself to prevent tampering or removal

This new smoke alarm regulation will help create safer homes for tenants, and the ten-year battery life may cut down on maintenance costs and repairs.

This new law, Local Law 1111-2013, was signed into effect in December 2013 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In addition to mandating a non-removable and non-replaceable battery which lasts a minimum of ten years, the law also states that the alarms must emit an audible notification at the expiration of its useful

Property owners can also be reimbursed by a tenant up to $50 per installation of each combination alarm, after which time the tenant has one year from the installation date to make compensation.

Once installed, the tenant is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the alarm.

There are more than 3,400 fire-related deaths and another 17,500 injuries in the United States alone per year, a large number of which occur in the home.

There are an additional 400 deaths and 4,000 hospitalizations due to carbon monoxide poisoning, which, without a functioning carbon monoxide detector, can be almost impossible to detect.

I would like to acknowledge the Councilmembers who sponsored Local Law 1111-2013 and property owners who have already installed these new combination smoker/CO alarms in their multi-family homes.

Through your efforts, we are continuing to make our city a safer place to live.

In other REBNY news:
May 6 is REBNY’s Commercial Seminar, “Negotiating in the Current Market Conditions,” located in REBNY’s Mendik Education Center at from 8-10 a.m. The event is $10 for members, and $15 for Non-Members. To register visit, and for more information contact Ossie Shemtov at
May 6, the Sales Brokers Committee will present its Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award at the 70th Annual Cocktail Party at 101 Club. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $60. For more information and to register, please visit or contact Desiree Jones at
May 15 is REBNY’s seminar, “The Secrets of Top Brokers and Industry Leaders.” This seminar is free, and for REBNY members only. Register at, and for more information contact Jay Perez at
May 29, REBNY is holding its 11th Annual Commercial Management Leadership Breakfast at the Hilton NY in the Grand Ballroom. Coffee will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and the program will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information contact Cindy Ramotar at
June 6 is the Residential Brokerage Division’s Downtown Roundtable, a discussion seminar where participants will spend approximately 20 minutes at a table before moving on to the next subject’s table. Registration is required, and for more information contact Yesenia Perez at
June 9 is the annual REBNY Spring Golf & Tennis Outing at the North Shore Country Club in Glen Head, a fun-filled day during which attendees will be able to network with each other and have a good time. Golf is $425, tennis is $315 and includes singles and doubles brunch, all-day is $225, dinner-only is $150, and a swimming pool is available to all. Each package includes cocktails and dinner, and sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Kathleen Gibbs at 212-616-5246, or
June 10 is the Real Estate Weekly Young Leaders’ Forum at National Bohemian Hall. Join over 350 real estate players for an annual summit highlighting the emerging players in real estate and finance. The forum is from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and more information can be found at
June 10 is the Residential Brokerage Annual Owner/Manager Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m at the New York Athletic Club at 180 Central Park South. The event is for REBNY members only and $35 per person, and for more information contact Indi Jaipal at
On June 10, the winners of the Retail Deal of the Year 2013 Awards will be announced at a cocktail party hosted by the Retail Committee. For more information, contact Jeanne Oliver-Taylor at
June 18 is the Brooklyn Committee’s cocktail event at the Brooklyn Winery from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Jeanne Oliver-Taylor at

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