South Carolina Code requires that one-family and two-family dwellings, including manufactured housing, must be equipped with approved and properly functioning smoke detectors installed according to standards noted in the code.
The code states that conveyance or transfer of real estate is prohibited unless smoke detectors have been installed and are functioning. Additionally:
- The purchaser may inspect the detectors at any reasonable time prior to closing to verify that they have been properly installed and are functioning in accordance with this article.
- The seller shall provide to the purchaser at closing an affidavit stating that the smoke detectors have been installed and are functioning in accordance with this article.
- A person who violates this article on first offense has fifteen days to install a smoke detector or to repair or replace the detector. On second offense, a person who violates this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days.
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