21 Feb SB721 – New Balcony Regulations
Throughout the pandemic multifamily owners in California saw a 2-year delay in physical and economic terms. With situations like this, this can play into why SB721 was put into place. Through SB721 California multifamily owners must have their balconies inspected and there are now deadlines for this. The first deadline is to have balconies inspected before or by January 1, 2025. The second is to be done 6 years later, but for those who complete the first deadline before January 1, 2025, they don’t have to complete the next inspection until January 1, 2031. Multifamily owners must also provide any past inspections of balconies to a buyer when the building is being sold to show it is up to standard.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
DIGEST KEYVote: majority Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: yes Local Program: yes
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1.Section 1954 of the Civil Code is amended to read:
1954.(a) A landlord may enter the dwelling unit only in the following cases:
SEC. 2.Article 2.2 (commencing with Section 17973) is added to Chapter 5 of Part 1.5 of Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
Article 2.2. Exterior Elevated Elements: Inspections.
17973.(a) Exterior elevated elements that include load-bearing components in all buildings containing three or more multifamily dwelling units shall be inspected. The inspection shall be performed by a licensed architect; licensed civil or structural engineer; a building contractor holding any or all of the “A,” “B,” or “C-5” license classifications issued by the Contractors’ State License Board, with a minimum of five years’ experience, as a holder of the aforementioned classifications or licenses, in constructing multistory wood frame buildings; or an individual certified as a building inspector or building official from a recognized state, national, or international association, as determined by the local jurisdiction. These individuals shall not be employed by the local jurisdiction while performing these inspections. The purpose of the inspection is to determine that exterior elevated elements and their associated waterproofing elements are in a generally safe condition, adequate working order, and free from any hazardous condition caused by fungus, deterioration, decay, or improper alteration to the extent that the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupants is not endangered. The person or business performing the inspection shall be hired by the owner of the building.
SEC. 3.No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.
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