Inspection Of Decks, Balconies, Stairways, And Walkways



This law requires that buildings with 3 or more multi-family dwelling units with decks, balconies, stairways, and walkways must be inspected by a properly licensed person by January 1, 2025, and a subsequent inspection must be done every 6 years. The owner would have to make repairs if the inspector found that the decks or balconies needed repair. 

All repair and replacement work shall be performed by a qualified and licensed contractor. A permit for the repairs must be applied for within 120 days of receipt of the inspection report, and the owner has 120 days more to complete the repairs. 

If the inspection reveals conditions that pose an immediate hazard to the safety of the occupants, the inspection report must be delivered to the owner of the building within 15 days and emergency preventive measures must be performed “immediately” with notice given to the local enforcement agency. Local enforcement agencies may recover enforcement costs associated with these requirements. 

The local enforcement agency is required to send a 30-day corrective notice to the owner of the building if repairs are not completed on time. The law provides for civil penalties and liens against the property for the owner of the building who fails to comply with these provisions.

A landlord is authorized to enter the dwelling unit to comply with the requirements. 

Common interest developments are exempted.  However, any buildings proposed for conversion to condominiums to be sold to the public after January 1, 2019, must have the required inspection conducted prior to the first close of escrow of a separate interest in the project. The inspection report and written confirmation by the inspector that any recommended repairs or replacements have been completed to be submitted to, among others, the Department of Real Estate.

Senate Bill 721
 is codified as Civil Code § 1954 and Health and Safety Code §§ 17973 et seq. Effective January 1, 2019.

Courtesy of the California Association of Realtors 


The enclosed information is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.


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