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What Are The Top 10 Building Code Violations For 2016?

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You just purchased a new rental property in the Central Valley and are excited about renting it out so you can start enjoying the rental income but there’s a problem, your rental property might be in violation of certain building codes and could be in violation of more.

To save you the time, money and hassle of buying a home or property that’s in violation of building codes this article will provide you with a breakdown of what the top building code violations are for 2016.

Top 10 Violations For 2016

1. Missing documentation: not having all the required documents (e.g. structural plans and energy code docs) on-site. Required documentation varies by jurisdiction.

2. Improperly placed anchor bolts: missing or improperly placed foundation anchor bolts.

3. Braced wall errors: missing blocking for braced wall panels.

4. Weakened joists and beams: beams that aren’t sized for the load or that lack proper bearing (typically more of an issue with remodelers who are trying to open up a space but are unaware about the importance of load-baring walls)

5. Deck ledgers and braces: inadequate deck connections that can be dangerous and cause the entire structure to fall

6. Stair rise and run errors: inadequate horizontal space planned for stairways that results in stairs that are too steep (can be more commonly found on porch stairs from sidewalks). 

7. Stair handrails and guardrails: wrong heights as measured from the tread (code requires at least 34 inches and no more than 38 inches high). Also, the connection to the stair may not be secure enough.

8. Missing or inadequate fire blocking: fire blocking can help slow the spread of flames and smoke during a fire; code mandates specific codes for fire blocking.

9. Air-barrier gaps: missing air barriers, particularly behind HVAC chases and attic knee walls.

10. Exposed kraft-faced insulation: the paper cannot be exposed and must be covered with drywall or other type of sheathing, even in attics and crawlspaces. The paper is highly flammable.

Source – realtor.org

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