Oil Tank Law Changes

Homeowners looking to sell their homes in 2011 have until September 30th to make necessary upgrades to home heating systems to comply with the new Law. Two of the major provisions are: 

  • the installation of either an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with protective sleeve on systems that do not currently have these devices; and

  • insurance companies that write homeowner policies to offer coverage for leaks from heating systems that use oil.

More often than not, your current homeowner policy does not include such coverage, which leaves homeowners to pay for costly cleanups out of their own pocket. While it is mandatory that insurance companies make this coverage available by July 1, 2010 to homeowners whose systems are upgraded, the insurance is an optional purchase.

Once your heating specialist has made these upgrades, they are required to  file a Certificate of Compliance showing the system is in compliance with M.G.L. Chapter 148, Section 38J(d). Said form isknown as (527 CMR 4.00 – Form 1A)