Owners of condominiums and residential apartment buildings in the City of Hawthorne should turn their attention to California SB 721 and SB 326 laws, which mandate safety inspections at both types of buildings. While the two laws for Balcony Inspections are similar, they are not identical. California SB 721 (commercial apartment buildings) requires a safety inspection by January 1, 2025, and then at least every six years, while California SB 326 (condominiums or multi-family housing controlled by Condominium Associations) requires condos to complete a safety Balcony Inspection by January 1, 2025, and then at least every nine years.
Both laws mandate that safety inspections are performed by a licensed architect, civil or structural engineer, or a licensed building contractor, and such inspections must evaluate the structural integrity and waterproofing of the building’s various Exterior Elevated Elements (EEEs). Those inspections that uncover urgent safety threats will require immediate remediation of the threats, while those issues that are not urgent, can be remediated as per a timeline (in the case of apartment buildings) or at the condo board’s discretion as to timing (in the case of condominiums).
Property owners would be wise to consider that although the compliance deadline is not for a while yet, it is inescapable that with so many thousands of buildings that must undergo inspection in the greater Los Angeles region, the small number of competent inspectors will struggle to fill the ever-growing need for Hawthorne balcony inspections and repair efforts. As is always the case, the closer we get to the compliance deadline, the more expensive Hawthorne Balcony Inspections (and remediation) will become, and the harder it will be to schedule inspections and work. Why not take advantage of early-bird pricing?