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G-man

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Does FHA/HUD REQUIRE smoke detectors in single family homes. I have heard conflicting answers on this and cannot seem to find it stated anywhere that the specifically are required. Any help would be appreciated, as an underwriter is breathing quite hard down my neck for a report.

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Farm Gal

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better answers below.
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I don't CARE what the rules are I just wanna know what the rules are.
 

rtubbs

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G-man, this is from the HUD FAQs:

14. Is there a requirement for smoke detectors?
Although FHA strongly recommends them, smoke detectors are not a nationwide HUD requirement at this time. The 203(k) rehabilitation program requires that smoke detectors be installed adjacent to sleeping areas.

hope this helps
 

liznindy

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No, they are not required, per HUD FAQ's on their site which I just happened to print out today.........and I quote,

"Is there a requirement for smoke detectors?"

Answer, "Although FHA strongly recommends them, smoke detectors are not a nationwide HUD requirement at this time. The 203(k) rehabilitation program requires that smoke detectors be installed adjacent to sleeping areas."
 

Will Trueheart

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I may be incorrect on this but I believe they are also required in new construction (ususally by building code).
 

Ida S. Romo

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G-Man

Smoke detectors are required on Ida Romo's case files. I forwarn them before my appraisal inspection to give them time to install one smoke detector on each level of the dwelling (including the basement).............VC 11g.....cheap insurance as far as I am concerned...............more important than falling down 3 stairs (with no handrail) and breaking a leg. :idea:

Ida
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Not a requirement! I have a line on my inspection form where I indicate if there are smoke alarms just for my protection. If they are there, do you test them? Not!

Just reminded me....coming up on time to change the clocks, good time to change the batteries in the smoke detectors too.
 
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