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What is SB-721 and why was it introduced?

SB 721 was originally introduced to the California Legislature in 2017, and it affects the way city inspectors perform balcony inspections. The law is intended to make it easier for homeowners, landlords, and tenants to ensure that their balconies are safe by requiring regular inspections. This guide will help you understand the requirements of SB-721 and make sure that you have a safe and secure balcony.

The bill was a response to the collapse of a balcony at UC Berkeley resulting in the death of six students.

How does this affect you the property owner?

California SB 721 now requires periodic inspections on multifamily buildings with three or more units. Property Owners now have until January 1, 2025, to complete their first inspection.

Requirements and procedures

Inspections must be done on any external building element that is six feet or higher from the ground, such as walkways, balconies, decks, landings, stairways, and railings. The inspection is necessary for all buildings containing three or more units, two or more stories in height.

Should you be worried?

If the building owner does not comply with repair requirements within 180 days. The inspector shall notify local enforcement. Failing to adhere to SB-721 can result in owners facing liens, fines, and other penalties.

However, the inspection process is straightforward and is designed to make sure that any potential risks are identified and addressed. This will ensure that you have a safe and secure balcony. The majority of inspections result in the identification of minor problems (or no problems at all) that can be address as a matter of routine maintenance. If you are concerned about the condition of your balcony, an inspection by a qualified professional is the best way to ensure that your balcony is safe!

Why you should choose LA Creative Design for your balcony inspection!

For the full SB 721 text please click here.

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