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Which Properties Are Covered By SB 326?

The California balcony inspection law, Senate Bill 326 (SB 326), has become a major talking point among property owners and managers across the state. If you're wondering whether this law applies to your building, you're in the right place. Let's take a closer look at which properties fall under the purview of SB 326 and what that means for you.

SB 326: A Brief Overview

SB 326, also known as the "Balcony Inspection Law," was enacted to enhance balcony safety in California. It builds upon the earlier SB 721 law by expanding the scope of inspections and requiring more frequent assessments of certain exterior elevated elements (EEEs).

The law is designed to protect residents and property owners by identifying potential safety hazards before they lead to accidents or injuries. But understanding the specific properties covered by this law is crucial for ensuring compliance and avoiding potential penalties.

Properties Covered by SB 326

SB 326 applies to a broader range of properties compared to SB 721. It covers all common interest developments (CIDs) with buildings containing three or more attached units. This includes:

  • Condominiums: Whether high-rise or low-rise, any condominium complex with three or more attached units is subject to SB 326 inspections.

  • Planned Developments: This includes planned unit developments (PUDs), which are typically residential communities with shared amenities and common areas.

  • Stock Cooperatives: If a stock cooperative consists of multiple attached units, it falls under the purview of SB 326.

  • Community Apartment Projects: These multi-unit residential complexes, where residents own shares in the cooperative corporation, are also covered by the law.

Key Elements of SB 326 Inspections

SB 326 mandates inspections of "load-bearing components" and associated "waterproofing elements" on exterior elevated elements (EEEs). Here's a breakdown of what that means:

  • Load-bearing components: These are structural elements that support the weight of a building or structure. They can include beams, columns, posts, joists, and other similar elements.

  • Waterproofing elements: These are materials or systems designed to prevent water from entering or damaging a structure. They can include flashing, sealants, membranes, and drainage systems.

  • Exterior elevated elements (EEEs): These are any parts of a building that extend beyond the exterior walls and are elevated above the ground. They can include balconies, decks, stairs, walkways, and similar structures.

Inspection Deadlines and Requirements

The initial inspection deadlines for SB 326 vary depending on the age of the building and whether it has undergone any previous inspections. Generally, inspections are required every nine years for buildings with wood-framed EEEs and every six years for buildings with other types of EEEs (e.g., concrete or steel).

SB 326 inspections must be conducted by qualified professionals, such as licensed architects, engineers, or building inspectors. The inspection report must be provided to the HOA and include detailed findings, recommendations for repairs, and estimated costs.

The Importance of Compliance

Complying with SB 326 is not just a legal requirement; it's essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of your residents. By identifying and addressing potential hazards, you can prevent accidents, protect your property value, and maintain a safe and enjoyable living environment.

Partnering with EEEadvisor for Compliance

Navigating the complexities of SB 326 can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. EEEadvisor specializes in California balcony inspections and can help you understand and comply with the law's requirements. Our team of experienced professionals can conduct comprehensive inspections, provide detailed reports, and offer expert guidance on repairs and maintenance.

Don't wait until it's too late. Contact EEEadvisor today for a free consultation and let us help you ensure the safety and compliance of your property. Remember: Compliance with SB 326 is an investment in your property's safety and longevity. Let EEEadvisor be your partner in this important endeavor.

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