Ignoring a necessary balcony repair or deck repair could seriously endanger L.A. residents. Wood structures are susceptible to water damage, termite infestation, gradual wear and tear, and elemental damage. Load-bearing structures are particularly vulnerable to weakening over time. The new law now mandates that necessary inspections and repairs occur for all exterior elevated elements.
Failing to address a potentially serious issue such as a balcony crack could jeopardize the safety of residents in the building. Inspections are needed for properties with greater than two dwelling units that have elements that significantly rely on wooden material for stability. These elements include all elevated structures that are more than six feet above the ground. This could refer to balconies, decks, stairways, porches, raised walkways, and more.