Q: I'm a realtor in Santa Rosa. Are there any Government retrofit requirements here. I've asked the sellers to pay for any.
A: The best place to start -contact the building department with jurisdiction of the property in question. Ask about their retrofit requirements and any other agencies or commissions that may have jurisdiction over property development/upgrades/renovations, contact those agencies as well with the same question.
Often, a structure is grandfathered in, and does not require retrofits. However, if the structure is to be leased for commercial use, the owner may want to consider retrofitting for liability purposes.
Finally, you should know that if a major portion of the structure needs renovation and the owner proceeds with renovation the grandfathering may be negated. In this instance, the owner may chose to renovate in steps over time (ie first 1/4 of the structure is renovated now, and another 1/4 renovated in ten years).
For more on real estate law and obtaining building permits feel free to contact my offices at (877) 770-7379 or www.kassounilaw.com Best of luck in your transaction.
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