Smoke Detector and CO Inspection Deferral Order Rescinded

On July 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker will be rescinding the Emergency Order that allows parties to agree to defer the smoke and carbon monoxide inspection until after closing.

The rescinding of the order does not invalidate any inspection deferral that was agreed to pursuant to the terms of the Order during the effective period of the Order. So if your parties agree to the deferral before the Order expires tomorrow, they will be able to close and then have 90 days from the end of the state of emergency to conduct the inspection.

The smoke and carbon monoxide emergency order is one of eight orders that are scheduled to be rescinded in the coming days. This marks a significant step forward in the reopening of the state.

Buyers that agreed to defer inspections now need to reach out to the local fire department to schedule the required inspection by Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Join us on Zoomed In on Real Estate, Monday, July 13th to hear the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS General Counsel Justin Davidson talk about what this order means and how to comply.