RPR – What is the ‘Residential Property Report’ for the City of Los Angeles When Selling?

Residential Property Report or RPR (formerly known as a 9A report):

This report is required and issued by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Building and Safety.  It has many different purposes to it.  First, the purpose of the report is to inform buyers of potential or pending special assessments to the property, such as plans for new sewers or sidewalks, which the City of Los Angeles may be planning. 

Over the years, Building and Safety has added other items to this report, as a way to make sure properties are in compliance with various minimum code requirements, at the time ownership is transferred.  An application (typically completed by the seller) must be completed, including declarations that the property IS or WILL BE brought to compliance with the particular requirements of the City. 

This application is then sent to building and safety with a fee of $70.85, and the City then provides the Report. The report will include copies of permits issued on the property, and a report of pending assessments.  Update: This report can be ordered online via credit card for a slightly higher fee ($72.76), and the City will accept electronic signatures via docusign on the application.  Note, it is possible to hand walk the application in to the Department of Building and Safety downtown, as well.

Here are the items covered by the Residential Property Report (9A):

  1. Smoke Detectors
  2. Water Conservation Retrofit (which is a duplication of the DWP requirements above)
  3. Impact Hazard Glazing on sliding glass and shower doors.
  4. Seismic Gas Shut Off Valves
  5. Oak Tree Compliance (for properties over 1 acre)
  6. Specific Requirements where bars are on the windows of sleeping rooms
  7. Apartments of three or more units must have security lighting and locks
  8. Other items

All of the items above have traditionally been items that the seller would obtain and pay for.  That has changed a little in our recent market conditions of REO’s and short sales, and a buyer can also take care of or pay for these items. 

We will issue and sign the Certificate of Compliance (item 2 above); and they will let the seller know if the property is in compliance with the Department of Building and Safety Requirements included smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, water heater strapping, etc. This will enable the seller to accurately complete the Application for the Residential Property Report.  Call us if you have any questions about the RPR, the Residential Property Report, for city of Los Angeles at 310.800.4418.


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