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Old 09-10-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: MidCoast Maine
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I'd like to hear from any investment property owners / realty professionals comment or confirm on a rental property requirement that we have heard of recently. That is; a new law or regulation that now requires owners of rental property in Maine to install fire sprinklers into their homes and/or apartments as a retrofit by some specific date in the future.
Specifically, we had heard that the town of Rockland may now require this, and as a result, some owners may be in the process of having to sell their properties due to the prohibitively high costs of complying with this new regulation.
Thanks for your help in clarifying this.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Union, ME
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Call or e-mail John Root, Rockland's Code Enforcement Officer, if you would like your question answered. He's very accessible.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: MidCoast Maine
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Call or e-mail John Root, Rockland's Code Enforcement Officer, if you would like your question answered. He's very accessible.
Thanks a lot for the great resource… I'll check with him on Monday!
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Old 09-11-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Newly constructed apartment buildings will need sprinklers in the future just as motels do now. An older home does not need to be retrofitted.
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Union, ME
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That's good to hear, NMLM. I remember awhile back there was buzz regarding sprinkler systems; I couldn't remember what came of it. 221B's question sounds like the sort of thing that was being said, so I wasn't sure...

This a.m., I did sift through anything I could relate to this online on Rockland's City site. And the Maine.gov site - Office of the Fire Marshall, etc. But I didn't find anything definitive. Which doesn't mean it doesn't exist...

It's kind of like what happened with emissions testing. If it was decided that all ME vehicles had to pass, there would be "a few less" vehicles on the road. Likewise, if all multiple or single dwelling rental properties in Rockland (or elsewhere in the state) were required to retrofit with a fire sprinkler system - even if it was just when they changed hands - Rockland could be "toes up."
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Maine would indeed be "toes up". The legislature often considers wacky laws "for our own good". Some legislator introduced a law that would require all homes sold to have chimney inspections done by certified inspectors using TV cameras lowered down the chimney. It generated some support until it was discovered that the only guy in Maine with that set of certification and equipment was the sponsor's brother-in-law.

Any guesses as to the relatives of the sprinkler guy's occupation?
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: MidCoast Maine
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Newly constructed apartment buildings will need sprinklers in the future just as motels do now. An older home does not need to be retrofitted.
Just to follow-up, spoke with code enforcement in Rockland, and basically, yes, the above is pretty much the case in regards to fire sprinklers. They were very helpful and also went beyond the specific question regarding sprinklers in answering additional topics in relation to rental properties.
Thanks again to you guys for your help with this!
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