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Know Your EEE: Key Terminology in California’s New Balcony Inspection Laws

By understanding key terms in California’s balcony laws (SB721 and SB326), owners and managers can avoid being misled by less informed service providers – or worse.

When California first passed SB721, and later SB326, there were ...

Topics: California, Law, Balcony

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How California Rent Control Impacts Asset Management

Passed in September 2019 and taking effect this month, California Assembly Bill 1482 puts a cap on rental increases for apartments. For tenants’ rights and affordable housing advocates, this is seen as a major win. For apartment owners and ...

Topics: CM/Development Services, Property Owner/Manager, Apartments, Rental Property, California, Brian Hill, Law, Scott Riffenburgh, Multifamily, Publications, Real Estate Portfolio Analysis, Real Estate Asset Management

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Building Code Update: Energy Efficiency Design & Litigation Risk

For the AEC industry in California, 2020 will be a year of change. As of January 1, the 2019 California Building Standards Code (Title 24) is in effect for all new construction and renovation projects.

Topics: Architecture, Construction Forensics, California, Green Building, Energy, Title 24, Sustainability, Law, Publications

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California closes Condo Balcony Inspection gap with SB 326

When we first reported on SB 721, California’s balcony bill requiring inspection of Exterior Elevated Elements (EEEs), the draft included condos and other “common interest development” buildings. That provision was removed, however, in an amendment before it was ...

Topics: California, Law, Balcony

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A Tale of Two Balcony Inspection Laws

Over the past couple of years, we’ve written extensively about how the proper inspection of balconies, decks and other exterior elevated elements (EEEs), can prevent unnecessary risks to the life-safety and health of building occupants. As you may know, ...

Topics: Construction Safety, California, Construction Legal Issues, Law, Balcony

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Keeping Your Tentative Subdivision Map Alive

For creating residential subdivisions, getting a tentative map approved is a major milestone where many regulatory issues from various agencies are resolved and the remaining conditions to final approval become known. The subject of tentative map life for ...

Topics: Entitlement / Land Use, Real Estate Development, CM/Development Services, Law, Land Development, Bill Kennedy

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SB721 Balcony Bill Is Law: Now What?

As many of you are aware, California Senate Bill 721 is an issue we have been following closely here at Xpera for the last couple of years. Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last September and made effective January 1, 2019,

Topics: Construction Safety, California, Brian Hill, Law, Balcony, Steve Grimes

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2019 California Construction Law Updates

California is no stranger to introducing hundreds of new laws each year. 2018 proved to be even more ambitious than usual, with several areas of legislation impacting the construction and real estate industries.

Topics: Real Estate Development, California, Law, Commercial Construction, Residential Construction

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Xpera Exhibits at West Coast Casualty Seminar 2018

Xpera Group is proud to exhibit once again at West Coast Casualty’s Annual Construction Defect Seminar in Anaheim. This highly anticipated event, now in its 25th year, brings together well over 1,000 of the nation’s top construction attorneys and insurance ...

Topics: Events, Construction Forensics, News, West Coast Casualty's Construction Defect Seminar, Law

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California Balcony Bill Moving Forward Despite Opposition

California Senate Bill 721, which would mandate the inspection of elevated exterior elements (EEEs) for all multi-family projects with at least three units, is moving forward.

Topics: California, Brian Hill, Construction Legal Issues, Law, Balcony

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