As of January 1, 2019, the state of California passed SB 721, a new Building Standards law. The new law requires inspection of “elevated elements,” which includes decks and balconies, for multi-family housing with three or more dwelling units. Although this bill only affects apartments on the legal side, we encourage HOA’s to follow the law as well.

Subsequent inspections are required every six years. If any conditions pose an immediate hazard to the safety of the occupants, the law requires a report to be delivered to the owner of the building within 15 days and repairs to take place immediately.

The law outlines the proper individuals who can inspect or repair damaged multi-family housing. Qualified individuals for inspecting and repairing must have contractor license classifications in one of the following: “A” General Engineering, “B” General Building, or C-5 Framing and Rough Carpentry.

The law clearly states if owners do not comply with these requirements within 180 days, it could be up to a $500 fine per day until needed repairs are complete.

Freestone Reconstruction is a “B” General Building Contractor and we can do any repairs of the damaged property once it has been inspected.

For more information on SB 721, please visit http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB721.

Other helpful links and information:

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/09/21/gov-jerry-brown-signs-bills-spurred-by-berkeley-balcony-collapse/