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Bill is a waterproofing expert who speaks truth to power, reports on his industry and inspects balconies and decks under the balcony bills in California.

MY OPINION – THE SB 326 & SB 721 BALCONY BILLS NEED TO BE COMBINED & AMENDED

I am a balcony inspector the company that I work for does inspections under the two balcony bills. I speak often with other people in my industry including other balcony inspection company inspectors. We pretty much all agree that there is a lot of confusion amongst owners boards of directors and even the attorneys on interpreting the language in the balcony bills.

SB 326 regulates balcony inspections for condominiums. It requires inspections every 9 years by a structural engineer or an architect. It also requires a much higher percentage of balconies be inspected as opposed to what is required for apartment balcony inspections.

SB 721 regulates balcony inspections for apartments. Under this bill a general contractor can perform balcony inspections.

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The Future is Here For Condo’s That Don’t Maintain; and It Doesn’t Look Good From Where I Stand

In a search today for something entirely unrelated to decks, I stumbled upon the news that a Homeowners Association in Diamond Bar CA had been red-tagged and the residents ordered to leave their homes because of deferred maintenance leading to structural concerns. The order to leave has been rescinded after the first engineers report declared the property and immediate hazard and recommended evacuating units was found to be lets say “over cautious”. There are 155 condos at the property on the first and second floors. The second floor units have balconies while first floor units have a patio.

Photo credit to The Patch Diamond Bar.

 Several structural engineers reports on the conditions found at The Village at Diamond Bar came to the conclusion that “while there are substantial deferred maintenance issues that should be addressed throughout the complex property, the condition does not create a widespread and immediate danger to the life or safety of all occupants of the individual units as previously recommended via a report by Khatri International, a structural engineer hired by the Diamond Bar Village Homeowner’s Association.

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Duradek Introduces Mountain Quartz and Legacy Cottonwood Vinyl Decking

From a press release issued by @Duradekspert on new decking colors…

Duradek introduces two new colors of vinyl decking for 2022 – Ultra Mountain Quartz and Ultra Legacy Cottonwood. These new colors meet the latest exterior design color trends for grey color palettes in two of Duradek’s most popular patterns.

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Life Specialty Coatings Product Demo February 10th in Santa Fe Springs

Life Specialty Coatings announced their first product demo of the year at their headquarters in Santa Fe Springs CA.

Located at 12927 Sunshine Avenue in Santa Fe Springs, the demo will start at 9 am and run through till 1pm. Come for some of come for all, reps will be showing how to install their AL system the AL-flex system MC system and the FM system as well as discussing decorative overlays with stains and some of their new products that they are introducing.

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CSLB Announces New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2022

The CSLB just announced new laws that were passed this past year that will be taking effect as of January 1st this coming year.

Significantly there will be new bond amounts of $25,000 required for license bonds. That amount is $10,000 more than the current $15,000 bond requirement.

As it is very easy to exceed a $15,000 bond limit when a consumer is damaged by a contractor it is understandable that the bond requirement has been increased.

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December 20, 2021

CSLB #21-21

New Contracting Laws Come into Play January 1, 2022

SACRAMENTO – As we make our way into the new year, CSLB would like to highlight some construction-related laws that will go into effect January 1, 2022.

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Excellent Read for Condo & HOA Managers “Footing The Bill Paying for SB 326 Balcony Inspections”

Let’s make balconies safe by building them right with the best materials and skill available.

I stumbled on this article by Rachel Miller Esq and Sarah Brown with Reserve Specialist Dennis Eckert RS PRA on CAI’s website. Here Ms. Miller and Ms. Brown discuss the balcony bill in detail and raise a very good point-that Condo’s less than 10 years old may have additional rights under SB-800. Hidden damage exposed during destructive testing may qualify as a latent defect under SB 800 and therefore repairs might be paid for by the builder.

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