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What Happens If My Balcony Fails the SB 326 Inspection?

Updated: Jun 7

As a California property owner, you understand the importance of complying with balcony safety regulations like SB 326.  But what if the unthinkable happens and your balconies don't pass inspection? It's a stressful scenario, but understanding the potential consequences and taking proactive steps can help you navigate this challenging situation. Let's delve into what happens if your balconies fail the SB 326 inspection and how EEEadvisor can guide you through the process.


Inspection Findings: Different Levels of Severity

Not all inspection failures are created equal. The severity of the issues discovered can vary significantly, leading to different courses of action:

  • Non-Emergency Repairs (NERR): This category typically involves minor to moderate deficiencies that don't pose an immediate safety threat. You'll receive a specified timeline, usually ranging from 45 to 180 days, to obtain permits and complete the necessary repairs.

  • Emergency Repairs (ERR):  If the inspection reveals severe safety hazards that pose an immediate risk of collapse or injury, you'll be required to take swift action. This may involve restricting access to the balconies, providing temporary shoring or support, and expediting repairs within 15 to 30 days.


Immediate Consequences: Safety First

Regardless of the severity of the findings, your top priority should be ensuring the safety of your residents and visitors. If the inspector identifies any imminent hazards, you'll be required to take immediate steps to mitigate the risk, such as restricting access or providing temporary support.


Financial Implications: Fines and Penalties

Failing to comply with SB 326 can result in significant financial consequences. Local enforcement agencies can impose daily fines ranging from $100 to $500 for each day of non-compliance. These fines can quickly accumulate, putting a strain on your HOA's budget and ultimately impacting property values.

Potential Legal Ramifications: Lawsuits and Liability

In the worst-case scenario, if a balcony failure leads to injury or property damage, you could face legal action. Lawsuits can be costly and time-consuming, and they can significantly damage your reputation as a property owner.


Long-Term Impact on Property Value

Even if there are no immediate safety hazards, a failed inspection can still have a lasting impact on your property's value. Potential buyers may be wary of a building with known balcony issues, and the stigma associated with non-compliance can make it difficult to attract new residents or secure financing.


Partnering with EEEadvisor

If your balconies fail an SB 326 inspection, EEEadvisor can be your trusted partner in navigating the complexities of the situation. We offer a range of services to help you achieve compliance and restore the safety and value of your property:

  • Expert Inspection and Assessment: Our team of qualified professionals can conduct a thorough inspection of your balconies, identify any deficiencies, and provide a detailed report with prioritized recommendations for repairs.

  • Repair and Remediation Guidance: We can help you understand the repair process, connect you with reputable contractors, and ensure that the work is completed to code.

  • Compliance Support: We can guide you through the necessary steps to obtain permits, address enforcement actions, and demonstrate compliance with SB 326.


If your balconies have failed an SB 326 inspection, don't panic. Instead, take proactive steps to address the issues and ensure the safety of your residents and your property's value. Partnering with EEEadvisor can provide you with the expertise and support you need to navigate this challenging situation and achieve a positive outcome.


Remember: Your balconies are more than just structural elements; they're spaces for enjoyment and connection. By prioritizing their safety and maintenance, you're investing in your property's future and the well-being of those who call it home.

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