If you are in the State of Louisiana and selling a residential property you are required to have a smoke detector in the home with a ten year lithium battery. This new law went into effect January 1, 2011 and is also a question found on the new Louisiana 2011 Property Condition Disclosures that are to be filled out by homeowners when listing a property for sale.
There are no penalties or fines if the Seller fails to comply with this law nor can it stop a real estate closing from taking place if there isn’t a smoke detector with a 10 year lithium battery in the home. REALTORS SHALL NOT be held liable for the Seller’s failure to comply with the law.
The cost of a 10 year Lithium Battery is between $12-$15.
The new law is House Bill 372 Louisiana Act 163.