EEEadvisor team repairing the joist and plywood of a balcony to comply with SB721 standards.
How to Comply with SB 721
FIND OUT IF THE LAW APPLIES TO YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY SB 721 applies to multi-unit residential buildings in California with three or more units, including apartments, condominiums, and co-operative housing.
ORDER AN INSPECTION If a building meets these criteria, the landlord must have a licensed structural engineer inspect the balconies and provide a report to the local building department. The engineer must inspect all balconies, including those that are not currently in use, and provide a written report to the local building department. The report must include a description of the condition of the balconies and any recommendations for repair or replacement. COMPLETE NECESSARY REPAIRS If the inspection reveals that repairs are needed, the landlord must complete the repairs within a reasonable time frame, as determined by the local building department. The repairs must be completed by a licensed contractor and must be done in accordance with building code requirements. SUBMIT A COPY OF THE REPAIR CERTIFICATE Once the repairs are completed, the landlord must provide a copy of the repair certificate to the local building department. This certificate must be signed by the contractor who performed the repairs and state that the balconies are now in compliance with building code requirements.
It is important for landlords to understand that the $500 per day fine applies, even if the balcony inspection reveals that no repairs are needed. The fine will be imposed if the landlord fails to have the balconies inspected within the required time frame or fails to provide the required report to the local building department.
THE $500 PER DAY FINE APPLIES, EVEN IF THE BALCONY INSPECTION REVEALS THAT NO REPAIRS ARE NEEDED.
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