By Rafael Aquino

Published June 8, 2022  


The changes that came to our industry via SB-4D have been our industry's talk since it passed. I've had so many conversations with different industry experts to get their thoughts and interpretation of the law. As mentioned in last week's blog, there is much cleanup that will need to be done to make it clearer and more cost-effective.


An example would be allowing associations to combine Phase One, aka "Milestone Report," with the Structural Integrity Reserve study. The association can save a significant amount since the engineer will already be assessing the building; why not have them assess the components simultaneously? As Eric mentioned on Monday, I agree that you won't find many engineers who will sign off the structure with just a phase one unless the building was recently restored.


I've also had several conversations with Board Members, and I'm getting a bit concerned because I've heard several mentions that it is still too early to react. They believe that change could come to the law, and why should they start now when things can change as they've happened in the past. Hearing these comments brings chills down my back because when you look at the numbers and realize the number of buildings that will require these inspections, you will quickly learn that we have a shortage of engineers, contractors, etc., to process these requests.   Those who wait till the last minute will pay significantly more. Further, these reports won't harm your building; in reality, they will give you a better understanding of what's expected to come.


In my opinion, preparing and communicating what's to come to your board and residents is the way to go. Many things need to be lined up before a project can come off the ground, so taking the necessary steps today will allow for more transparency and proper planning to execute a change of this magnitude. 

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