CO Detector Bill for HUD Housing Passes House

In April, HUD issued Notice H 2019-05 to “strongly encourage owners, managers, and agents of housing covered by the HUD assistance programs above, located in areas where state or local law, code or other regulations do not require CO detectors, to have operational CO detectors (1) in units that have fuel-fired/burning appliance(s) and/or an attached garage, and (2) in bedrooms that contain a fireplace or a fuel-fired or burning appliance.”

Recently, legislation to fund the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms or detectors in all HUD-subsidized units that have combustion-fueled appliances recently passed the House. The bill, H.R. 1690, was introduced by Representative Chuy Garcia (D-IL). The bill would authorize $10 million a year for fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022 to carry out the installation and maintenance of the alarms or detectors.

The bill has a companion in the Senate, S. 755, introduced by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). HUD would have two years to implement the requirements.