Leo Nordine

Has Sold Over 5400 Properties

6 things your LA property needs to have before you can sell it

If you intend to sell your property in Los Angeles – whether it’s a commercial space or residential real estate – you will want to make sure that it meets the requirements of the city’s Department of Building and Safety. In Los Angeles, your property is required to have the following features before you can even put it up for sale:

  • Smoke detectors

  • This is an essential piece of equipment in any property. In a house, each bedroom must have one smoke detector and there must also be a smoke detector mounted in the area that leads to these rooms.

    For properties that have multiple floors, such as a basement, having one on each floor is a must. Condos, apartments and duplexes should have hard-wired smoke detectors with a backup battery (if installed after May 11, 1999). Battery operated smoke detectors are only acceptable in single-family homes.

  • Impact hazard glazing

  • The glass of sliding-type doors should have impact hazard glazing or have the appropriate film installed.

  • Security locks and lighting

  • Among the essentials that your property should have if it’s an apartment building are security locks and lighting. All doors and windows should have an efficient lock system. This should be matched by a good lighting system, both for exterior and interior public spaces and common areas. These include parking areas and garages, entrances to units, walkways, recreation areas and rooms, and so on.

  • Water Conservation

  • Your property’s plumbing should be in compliance with the Water Conservation Ordinance of the City of L.A. From the pipes to the faucets, there should be no source of water leaks or other issues. If your property has any such issues, best to repair it as soon as possible.

  • Earthquake Gas Shut Off Valves (EQSO)

  • Your property’s gas line should comply with the city’s ordinance that it be equipped with an earthquake gas shut off valve (EQSO). In the event of an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 or greater, the earthquake shut off valve automatically shuts off your gas line. Thus, the risk of a gas explosion is effectively cut off.

  • Report of Residential Property Records

  • This is important for residential property sellers. This report (Form 9) should be delivered to the buyer before the sale, exchange, or escrow of the property. To get this report, an application should be sent to the Residential Property Records and Pending Special Assessment Liens.