How Agents Can Prepare for the Retrofit (Code Compliance) Inspection

Whether your listing is in the city of Los Angeles or not, there are certain items that do need to be code compliant when selling in the state of California. Many incorporated cities in Southern California have additional items that need to be inspected to assure full compliance for your RPA requirements.

The better prepared you and the seller are, the easier and less expensive it will be for the seller.

Click here for a link you can have the seller review before the retrofit inspection.

The state mandated minimum requirements are listed below. Again many So Cal cities have additional or more stringent requirements that what is listed below, call us if you have any questions.

  1. Working smoke detectors in each bedroom and bedroom hallways. If two levels, a working smoke detector on each level at least.
  2. A working CO detector on each level, central to the living area or near the bedrooms. Note: Small homes are more susceptible to carbon monoxide incidences than larger, spacious homes.
  3. Double strapped hot water heater tank. If water heater is tank-less, no strapping is required. Strapping is intended to prevent the water heater tank from tipping over and erupting any sheared gas line during an earthquake.
  4. Low flow toilets, meaning most toilets installed after mid-1990s. Most of the time, it will say ‘1.6 GBF’ or similar somewhere near the base of the water tank or inside the tank. You can always send us a photo of the toilet if you are not sure.
  5. Working earthquake shut off valve(s) – but only in certain cities – call us for a list.

If the property is in the city of Los Angeles, click here for a list of items needed for full compliance.

If you have any questions feel free to call us at 310-800-4418 with the property address of your listing and we can give you a complete list of all required items for your retrofit certificate.

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