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MAR Helps Secure Smoke Detector Inspection Deferral

As a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Baker has issued an executive order allowing smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm certificate inspections as required under Sections 26F and 26F½ of Chapter 148 of the General Laws to be deferred so long as:

  1. The Parties to the sale or transfer have agreed in writing that the buyer assumes responsibility for equipping the property with approved smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

  2. The buyer agrees as a condition of taking title to equip the property with approved smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms immediately upon taking title.

  3. An inspection as otherwise required under sections 26F and 26F½ occurs no more than 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted.

MAR has drafted language that you may use to satisfy the conditions of this executive order.


The ability to continue to engage in residential real estate transactions is critical to the well-being of our members and the Commonwealth as a whole. Thank you to our industry partners for their efforts in securing this important inspection deferral. Click here to view the letter sent to Governor Baker requesting the deferral and here to view the signed executive order.



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