Redondo Beach, CA asked in Real Estate Law for California

Q: In the California 'Residential Purchase Agreement and Joint Escrow Insturctions' form (4/10) it states in para 4.B.2.

That seller shall pay ...min. mandatory government retrofit stds, ...etc. How do we find out what that entails?

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Ute Ferdig
Ute Ferdig
  • Newcastle, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I cross out the paragraph as there are no such minimum requirement in my market (Greater Sacramento area). I am not aware of any statewide mandatory retrofit requirements, but it is very possible that there are local requirements in other parts of the state. I have heard of a retrofit requirement for low-flow toilets somewhere in the Los Angeles area, but I don't know if that is still a requirement in 2011. Local real estate professionals and the Realtor Associations/Boards have information about government retrofit standards. I would also check with the city/county building department where the property that is being sold/purchased is located and escrow companies in that area as they can't close escrow unless there is proof that all mandatory requirements have been met.

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