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Edward Bonfo…, Home Seller in 11204

In new jersey do u need to get a fire inspection before you close?

Asked by Edward Bonforti, 11204 Wed Apr 25, 2012

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Mary Petti-ABR,SFR, Relocation’s answer
Elenie,

If you are buying in Howell here's a few links you might want to check out regarding fire inspection for the fire certificate....

http://www.twp.howell.nj.us/filestorage/8254/8269/2744/CSDCM…

http://www.twp.howell.nj.us/filestorage/8254/8269/2744/CSDCM…

http://www.twp.howell.nj.us/filestorage/8254/8269/2744/Fire_…
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Elenie,

In most instances of a short sale, a seller will decline to pursue a C/O, or severely limit their financial limit for repairs in pursuing certificates. When speaking of certificates, I am referring to both the fire inspection cert and the Certificate of Continued Occupancy (sometimes just called Certificate of Occupancy.)

If the seller for your property has placed this responsibility on your shoulders, and your lender is not requiring it in order to close, you can perform these inspections after closing.........as long as you (nor anyone else) moves into the property.

If you need to move into the property immediately at closing, then you will need to do this prior to closing. If the township requires any repairs for a CO or you have to purchase smoke detectors/CO2 detectors, fire extinguishers, etc., for fire cert, then you will find yourself making these purchases, along with any necessary repairs to obtain the certs, prior to closing.

If you do wait til post closing, I do recommend that you not risk moving into a property prior to receiving the proper certificates as the fines can be hefty. Also, do note that not all fire extinguishers meet the fire code. Make sure that you have direct info from the township on the specs and take that info with you when you go to Lowe's or Home Depot or your local hardware store.

Deb
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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The fire extinguisher, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector requirements are contained in state law. Even if you're not required a municipal certificate, prior to occupancy you must have meet STATE requirements
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Yes, it is true that you do no need a CO for occupancy in Howell. The fire cert is a separate certification and is not the same thing as the CO.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Yes, you do in ALL towns in NJ. It is mandated by State Law. Youi cannot close without it. It includes a test of the Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and assures that a Extinguisher is in pace

There are specific requirements. and some towns inspections are a lot more extensive. So call the town, or log on to the website and see the requirements.

There is a fee. Some towns charge a second fee if you don't get it right the first time, so be ready.
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Hi - most towns require a fire inspection before closing. Normally the seller is responsible for supplying the fire extinguisher and the smoke and carbon monixide detectors. Please consult your township for their requirements! We hope this helps! Thanks Karen/Starr
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Elenie,

I have been sellers agent for several short sales. Have your agent (if you are using one) find out from the township what they require. You are responsible for making sure the CO2/smoke detectors and fire extinguisher are installed in the proper places for the fire certificate.

Also find out from the township, if they require a C of O, if they will issue temporary C of O, because some towns MAY require repairs prior to issuing the C of O, but may let you defer them for a specific time frame after closing so you don't have to lay money out of pocket before you take possession of the house.
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I acquiesce to Erin if Elenie is actually buying/selling in Freehold. The question was ...."IN New Jersey....." I was just giving a broader picture that it varies from town to town and the sellers agent (if there is one) should know the rules, whether Elenie is the buyer or seller.
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Elenie every town is different but specifically in Freehold the fire inspection is part of the certificate of occupancy which is paid for by the seller and is the sellers' responsibility to fulfill prior to closing. Your realtor can make the appointment for inspections and be there so you do not miss a day of work.
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Elenie,

Just to clarify, there is a difference between a FIRE compliance certificate and a Certificate of Occupancy (or a C of O).

Fire certificates are required in just all municipalites in one way or another. Some towns do not have a C of O requirement.

If you are selling the house, it's your responsibility to obtain whatever your municipality requires (unless you stated in the listing it's the buyers responsibility).

If you are buying the home, the sellers are responsible to obtain the necessary certificates and provide them to you prior to closing to make sure the house meets the township requirements.
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Hi Mary, what if a tenant in the house refuses to let you in for the fire inspection. Can the owner sign an affidavit to affirm that it meets the necessary requirements? Would that be acceptable normally?
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Elenie Every municipality in our area requires that sellers or [landlords for rentals ]have them come out & check smoke detectors, outside sleeping areas, kitchen, basement & fire extinguishers before they will issue a certificate of occupancy.
Ro Reibel
Gloria Nilson Realtors
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Elenie,

MOST municipalities require a fire certificate for CO2, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers prior to occupying a home, and they are usually furnished by the seller to the buyer prior to closing.

How you obtain it may vary from town to town. Most send an inspector, others just have you fill out an affidavit that there are smoke/CO2 detectors and a fire extinguisher in the proper locations (called Certification In Lieu of Inspection for Certificate of Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Fire Extinguisher Compliance.)

If you are working with an agent, he/she should know the local rules for the compliance certificate. If not, you can always call the fire department in the particular town and find out their rules and procedures.
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You need a fire inspection before you occupy a property. You don't need a fire inspection in order to close, unless you lender requires that you obtain one. Depending upon the township, you may need a town inspection for a Certificate of Continued Occupancy in addition to the fire inspection. That is true in Freehold.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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They told me u don't need a co in Howell?
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My lender said I didn't need it I'm buying the home but it's a short sale so I have to do it
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