RENT Magazine Q2 '23

HOW TO COMPLY WITH SB 326 In addition to SB 721, California has also enacted another law that impacts landlords, Senate Bill 326. This law, which went into effect on January 1, 2022, requires landlords to retrofit their existing buildings to comply with current seismic safety standards. The purpose of SB 326 is to ensure that buildings can withstand earthquakes and protect the safety of residents. Like SB 721, SB 326 applies to multi-unit residential buildings with three or more units, and landlords who fail to comply with the requirements of the law face significant fines. The law requires landlords to retrofit their buildings to meet current seismic safety standards within a specified time frame, which varies depending upon the type of building and the size of the structure.


Both SB 721 and SB 326 are important pieces of legislation that impact landlords of multi-unit residential buildings in California. Getting your inspection sooner rather than later is highly recommended since there is a shortage of qualified engineers compared to the number of multifamily buildings in California. You have less than a year to go through the necessary compliance steps to have a $500/day fine, so don’t wait until it’s too late! Visit to schedule an inspection.

OMID GHANANDIOF Co-Founder EEEadvisor Engineering (805) 312-8513

Omid operated a specialized engineering inspection firm located in Southern California which helps assist rental property owners and homeowner's associations (HOAs) comply with state mandated balcony inspections per Senate Bills 721 and 326.


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