safety glass law to affect escrows : city will require sliding doors to be in compliance on home resales
Their hopes may be dashed.
Los Angeles City Council has passed a regulation that requires the use of tempered glass in most of the sliding of every residential property that is easy to handle within the cityglass doors.
If the seller agrees to pay for the change, the modification must be completed before the end of the hosting.
If the buyer agrees to do the work, 30-
After hosting is over, allow one day to get the job done.
Homeowners who work on a $10,000 or more renovation must also comply with the new law.
Similarly, landlords who carry out more than $3,000 of repairs or alterations to a rental unit will do the same.
Notice for 10 days, the person who replaced the glass must notify the city Building and Safety Department within 10 days of the replacement of the glass.
Art Devine said it would be a minor offence not to make a change and inform the department goalkeeper, which could result in a fine of $1,000 and imprisonment for up to six months, the head of the department\'s Conservation Bureau.
Tempered glass has been required for all new buildings since January. 1, 1965.
Therefore, the new law will primarily affect those who buy or sell residential properties by that date, as well as those who make costly changes to their current home.
The number of urban residents affected by the new law may be large.
North Ridge 21st century agent Chuck Lamb has been trying to amend the regulation, and it is said that up to 500,000 homes may have to be refurbished with tempered glass in the next five to seven years.
\"If other cities follow in the footsteps of Los Angeles, this number may increase,\" Lamb said . \".
\"The city is so big that it tends to get popular.
\"Tempered glass is safer but more expensive than untreated glass.
This is because the tempered glass will form a small ball after it is broken.
Like a crystal, when the untreated glass is broken, it is not as easy to cut as a jagged fragment.
Accidental death devine says all tempered glass can be identified by a small \"bug\" in the corner of each pane.
\"If there are no bugs in the glass, we don\'t think it\'s tempered,\" Devine said . \".
\"No bugs, the only way you can tell if the glass is tempered is to break it.
\"This new measure, written by MP Marvin Braun, was passed after a Pacific fence girl accidentally crossed her glass door.
The untempered glass was broken into hundreds of pieces, cutting the girl so badly that neither the nursing staff nor the doctor in the nearby hospital could stop bleeding.
She died about 22 hours later. A safety-
The targeted law, which originated from such a tragic accident, seems difficult to dispute, but local real estate experts have criticized the measure for being vague and ill-considered.
Worse, they claim, the alternative to installing tempered glass is both safe and unsafeexpensive.
\"It\'s commendable that the city wants to protect its citizens, but we think there\'s a better choice,\" said Tegra Walker, Sherman Oaks broker and chairman of the San Fernando Valley estate brokers committee.
The shower door issue is clear, depending on the amount of glass involved, the cost of replacing the untreated glass varies.
Typical tempered slidingglass door--
Move while not moving-
Agent Lamb says the cost of buying and installing is about $300.
\"Some families have two or four sliding glass doors,\" Lamb added . \".
\"Replacing them with tempered glass can cost more than $1,000.
\"He said the bill would be higher if the shower door had to be replaced as well.
\"The law does not specify what needs to be replaced,\" Lamb complained . \".
\"The only thing that is clearly exempt from the new law is sliding the glass door in the closet.
\"Not all Bear marklamb said that, according to the current wording, the regulation could even apply to popular sliding French doors that are made primarily of wood but have small glazing.
Unlike Devine in the building and safety department, agent Walker claims that not all tempered glass has this defect.
So, she said, \"Some people will spend hundreds of dollars replacing the glass that has been tempered.
\"There will be problems with some houses, even if they were built after 1965,\" Walker added . \".
\"A few years ago, someone might have bought a brand new house and broken one (tempered glass)
Door, instead of tempered glass.
\"Even if your house was built after January 1965, you could still be affected by this law,\" Walker said . \".
The new law was originally passed in April, But snafus asked the City Council to re-approve the measure by the end of June.
Realtors and others involved in the local housing industry were able to postpone the effective date of the law until October.
21, in part, to prevent the passage of the regulation from adversely affecting transactions that have been hosted.
Some local brokers still want to amend the law before it takes effect.
Another way to replace the glass is to put a sticker in the middle of the door so that people don\'t walk past the door by mistake.
Another option is to install a metal rod on the glass.
Walker and Lamb say the safest option seems to be to use thick and hard
Mella film was applied to the untempered glass.
Ironically, Realtors claim that the product is cheaper and safer than installing tempered glass.
Mela, produced by the Minnesota Mining manufacturing company.
Similar to Krazy Glue and other types of permanently bonded products, sold under various names.
It takes about $40 to use these things to handle a normal patio door, which is more attractive than replacing the entire door.
The realtor noted that the alternative could not be better accepted and that the glass in the door treated with the product would not fall off the frame when broken.
This actually eliminates the possibility of being cut by broken glass-
This is not even true of tempered glass.
So far, no alternative to untempered glass has wavered bravely and most of his colleagues in the Council.
\"Putting on glass windows or any other alternative proposed so far could undermine the full purpose of the law,\" said brave aide Glenn Barr . \".
\"Just because the house has a pull, metal stick or decal on the door when it\'s sold doesn\'t mean it will stay there forever.
The new owner may take it off.
\"However, the realtor says it\'s hard to get rid of once all the Mela coating is applied.
Seeking Changes, Lamb said, \"the City Council needs to go back to the alternatives available to the full Institute . \".
\"There is a better choice to replace the untempered glass.
\"Critics of the new law may soon have the opportunity to express their opinions.
The Council on construction and safety will review the new law.
At the request of member Hal Burnson.
At the same time, many realtors are scrambling to deal with the new order to be implemented.
Agent Lamb said he was making sure that all his agents were notifying the parties to the transaction, which could be completed on or after October.
21 that correction--
Or at least make an agreement to correct--
Hosting must be done before hosting actually closes.
The broker said his company was also informing buyers of the property that would end its custody by October.
21. All unqualified glass must be replaced when reselling the house.
\"We don\'t want anyone to be surprised,\" Lamb said . \".
Obviously, many other local brokers do not even know that the new law will come into effect soon.
Random calls from six different real estate companies in Los Angeles showed that only one agent knew about the upcoming changes.
Others are already looking for loopholes in the new law, but have not achieved much success.
However, two Realtors noted that homeowners considering major alterations worth more than $10,000 may be given separate licenses for these changes.
For example, instead of asking the city for a permit to make a $18,000 change in the bedroom and study room, the homeowner can come up with a permit and earn $9,000 in the changes in the study, another license, making $9,000 in changes in the bedroom.
With less than $10,000 per license, it is clear that the homeowner can meet the requirements of the new law ---
At least until the property is sold.