EEE Advisor Prepares Residents and Businesses for SB721 and SB326 Compliance Deadline

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EEE Advisor, a leading California-based technical inspection company, provides guidance to customers as they approach the 2025 deadline for SB721 and SB 326 compliance

The January 1, 2025 deadline for SB721 and SB326 compliance continues to approach even for multi-family homes – condominiums and buildings with more than 3 dwelling units and residential landlords across California have more seemingly more important things to consider. Therefore, EEE Advisor aims to help businesses and families prepare and meet deadlines by familiarizing them with the criteria and inspection process to ensure compliance with California balcony law.

Exterior Raised Units (EEE)

The term originated in the aftermath of the Berkeley Balcony Collapse and is now used in law to refer to structures, including their supports and railings, such as balconies, decks, porches, stairways and walkways that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building and that have a walking surface that is elevated more than six feet above ground level, per SB721.

SB326, on the other hand, defines “raised exterior members” as load-bearing components with their associated sealing system.

Supporting components

According to SB 721 load-bearing components are “components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to provide structural loads from the exterior raised member to the building”. SB326 gives a more descriptive definition as components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to provide structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways and their railings, all designed for occupancy or human use, supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products, and associated waterproofing systems, including flashings, membranes, coatings and sealants that protect load-bearing components of the raised exterior elements against exposure to water.

Visual inspection

According to SB721, the minimum inspection requirements include “the identification of each type of exterior raised member which, if found to be defective, rotted, or deteriorated to such an extent as not to meet its load-bearing requirements, would, of in the opinion of the inspector, constitute a threat to the health or safety of the occupants”.

SB326 defined visual inspection as “inspection by the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters , endoscopes or infrared technology”.

One of the main challenges in compliance is understanding the terms, especially visual inspection, as required by law, and this is where the team at EEE Advisor will come in handy.

The balcony inspection inspector provides a written report that lists the components that have been checked and describes their condition. estimate the remaining functional life of components, necessary repairs and report any immediate danger to the occupants. The report (sb-326) will be incorporated into the next HOA reserve study and they will be required to maintain at least two inspection cycles, i.e. up to 18 years. If a homeowners association board member decides not to comply, nothing will happen until someone sue the HOA for noncompliance. However, if an element of the building fails and someone is injured, the liability of the HOA and the board could be heavy. The differences between the evaluation of the SB 721 and the SB 326 are striking. The SB 326 time frame is at least once every nine years, except for new buildings of common interest, but for SB-721, subsequent inspections must be completed no later than January 1 every six years later. Additionally, SB 326 does not specify any fines; although, as the inspection report is incorporated into the reserve study, it will likely face the same penalties as breaching the Davis-Stirling Act. Local law enforcement agencies have the ability to collect enforcement expenses, per SB 721 and SB 326.

Sample size

Described as “the greatest discrepancy between the law for apartments and the law for condominiums for HOAs”, the sample size is defined by SB721 as “a sample of at least 15% of each item type raised exterior must be inspected”. SB326 is a little more elaborate, defining sample size as “a sufficient number of units inspected to provide 95% confidence that the sample results reflect the whole, with a margin of error no greater than not plus or minus five percent. ”

Understanding the terms of the law and then ensuring compliance can sometimes be a daunting task, especially for inexperienced engineers and even a property manager. Hence, it is imperative to hire the best hands to ensure safety and of course compliance.

For more information on SB-721 and SB-326 and other similar regulations and services offered by EEE Advisors, visit – www.EEEAdvisor.com.

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