Cleveland City Council voting to require CO detectors in rental units

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland City Council Safety Committee is voting on a new ordinance to require carbon monoxide detectors in all rental housing units.

Councilman Kevin Conwell started pushing the measure after a woman died in an apartment in East Cleveland with no CO detector.

Conwell says landlords could be punished with a 4th degree misdemeanor charge. But that would increase in severity with multiple offenses.

Conwell said this would be enforced during any fire department inspections of the properties.

However, he said the city would also reach out to tenants groups and ask for residents to report landlords not complying.

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