Residential Property Report Ordinance

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GENERAL INFORMATION
City of Carson Ordinance Numbers 13-1510 and  99-1155, effective March 21, 2013 and  July 1, 1999 respectively, requires that a Residential Property Report (RPR) be obtained from the city before the sale, exchange, or transfer of previously occupied residential property. The report is based on an inspection that must be performed by the city’s Building and Safety Division before the property is transferred. The report protects both the buyer and seller and allows the city to verify that residential buildings meet certain zoning and building code requirements at time of sale. A notice has been recorded on the title of all residential properties regarding the RPR requirement. Prior to closing escrow, the RPR process must be completed and a letter of authorization must be obtained from the city. Completion of the RPR, including correcting any violations, is the responsibility of the seller
RPR PROCESS
 APPLICATION
The seller or the seller’s representative (the applicant) must fill out an application and an application fee must be paid at the time the application is submitted to the Building and Safety Division. The application has a statement that authorizes the inspector to enter the property and make the inspection which the applicant must sign. Prospective buyers of property may not submit an application nor request an inspection or information pertaining to the property. If the applicant does not reside at the property, arrangements should be made with the resident or tenant before the inspection is scheduled. The inspector will not inspect without proper consent.
 
Please note, all real estate agents or brokers doing business in Carson must secure a Carson Business License per Section 6310 of the Carson Municipal Code.
 
FEES
  • Single-Family Residential (up to two units) - $150.00
  • Each additional unit over two - $25.00 per unit
  • Condominium - $100.00
  • Vacant Land - $50.00
  • Extra Inspections (third & additional) - $100.00 each inspection
  • Inspection Cancellation (failure to cancel or no show) - $25.00
  • Late Application - $300.00
  • Property Remediation Agreement - $150.00

THE INSPECTION
Once arrangements have been made with the resident(s), the applicant should contact the Building and Safety Division staff at (310) 952-1766 between 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, to schedule the inspection.  Inspections will be conducted during regular inspection hours, generally between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday.  The applicant must call the inspector the day of the scheduled inspection between 7:00 – 8:30 AM to confirm the appointment and receive a time window for the inspection, if available.  In most cases, corrections are noted by the inspector.  Applicants are highly encouraged to be present at the inspection to better understand any necessary corrections.  Additional fees will be charged for additional inspections due to the need to clarify the correction list because the applicant was not present at the initial inspection.
 
Inspections conducted in conjunction with the preparation of a residential property report shall be limited to the exterior areas of the subject property and to the interior areas of attached garages and/or accessory buildings such as detached garages, laundry rooms and storage sheds.  If the inspector has reasonable cause to believe that a main dwelling unit has been illegally subdivided, then an interior inspection of such building shall be conducted.  Interior inspections also shall be conducted as necessary to determine whether portions of the building were constructed with the proper permits and whether window security bars are equipped with a proper release mechanism. If the applicant refuses to consent to an inspection, or frustrates an inspection for which consent was given, then the inspection shall be conducted pursuant to an inspection warrant as required by law.
 
It should be noted that the inspection is limited in scope.  It is not intended to evaluate the condition of any particular building element.  For example, the inspection would not detect a roof that leaks and require the leak to be fixed.  Buyers should exercise caution in purchasing property and it is highly recommended that a private inspector be hired to conduct a detailed report.
 
CORRECTION LIST
Should code violations be found at the property, a correction list is provided to the applicant.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to correct violations prior to transfer of title or conveyance of ownership.  If unpermitted construction has been found, one of the requirements will be that the owner obtains the required permits and inspections to determine that the work complies with applicable codes. 
 
Otherwise, when noted violations have been corrected, the applicant should make arrangements for a reinspection.  Due to the nature of some code violations, additional corrections may be required upon reinspection.  When all conditions have been satisfied, the inspector will issue a RPR to the applicant. 
 
THE RPR
Following the inspection, or reinspection in cases where violations were found and a correction list was issued, the inspector will prepare a release authorization letter for the RPR if all requirements have been met. It will be made available to the applicant within ten working days of the inspection.  The applicant must provide the buyer with a copy of the RPR.  The owner must file written proof with the city that the RPR was provided to the buyer within ten business days of transfer of title or conveyance of ownership.

DURATION OF THE RPR
The RPR shall be null and void six months after the date of issuance unless previously extended by the Director.  The Director may extend the validity of a RPR, free of charge, for a period of four months upon showing of good cause.
 
EXEMPTIONS
The following are exempt from the requirement for a RPR: 
  • The first sale of a residential building or condominium located in a subdivision whose final map has been approved and recorded in accordance with the Subdivision Map Act within two years of such sale.
  • Mobile homes in mobile home parks, trailers and apartment houses occupying land on a month-to-month rental or annual lease agreement where land sales are not involved and the use is in compliance with the city's rules and regulations.
  • Transfers pursuant to a court order.
  • Transfers by a fiduciary in the course of the administration of a guardianship, conservator ship or trust.
  • Transfers between co-owners.
  • Transfers between spouses resulting from a marriage dissolution decree, a legal separation decree or from a property settlement incidental to such decree.
  • Transfers solely for the purpose of refinancing existing debt secured by the residential real property.
  • Transfers into a family trust or living trust where the owner is the beneficiary or trustee of the trust.
Division of Building and Safety
701 E. Carson St., Carson, CA 90745
(310) 952-1766

 

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