EMA last-minute milestone inspections for Florida is one of Florida’s leading structural engineering firms. A key focus of our firm is structural inspections similar to what is required by law. The company has worked on hundreds of investigations of construction defects and building collapses worldwide and is a top expert in identifying the issues.
is one of Florida’s leading structural engineering firms. A key focus of our firm is structural inspections similar to what is required by law.
The company has worked on hundreds of investigations related to construction defects and building collapses worldwide and is a top expert in identifying the issues that could cause costly repairs and building failures in the future.
The firm’s CEO was a member of a select group of professionals from the country’s leading engineering organizations. EMA contributed to the recommendations that helped the Florida Legislature shape the new law dealing with Condominium Milestone Inspections.
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Here are some common questions about the newly instituted Florida Milestone Inspections:
a. Community association managers or management companies contractually hired by a condominium association subject to this inspection must comply with this section as directed by the board.
3. Are milestone inspections required for all buildings in Florida three (3) stories or more in height?
a. Milestone inspections must be performed by December 31 of the year the building reaches 30 years in age, based on the issue date of the building’s certificate of occupancy, and every ten years after that.
b. Buildings within 3 miles of the coastline must perform a milestone inspection by December 31 of the year they reach 25 years old and every ten years after that.
4. When has the State required the milestone inspections to begin?
a. Buildings with a certificate of occupancy issued on or before July 1, 1992, must have the initial milestone inspection performed before December 31, 2024.
b. All others follow the year based on the issue date of the building’s certificate of occupancy mentioned in question 3.
5. Who is responsible for the cost of the milestone inspection?
a. Condominium and cooperative associations are responsible for the scheduling and costs associated with the milestone inspection.
6. What type of inspection takes place in the milestone inspection?
a. Milestone inspection means a structural inspection of a building’s primary structural systems.
Florida Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Stricter Inspections for Condominiums
New legislation includes language from the International Code Council’s guide “Ensuring the Safety of Existing Buildings in Florida”
On May 25, 2022, the Florida Legislature passed SB 4-D which is anticipated to be signed by the Governor. The bill comes nearly one year after the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida that killed 98 people and sparked the demand for stricter requirements for the inspection and maintenance of condominiums and other high-rise buildings throughout the state.
The newly passed legislation will require milestone inspections of condominiums three stories in height and within three miles of the coast when the buildings reach 25 years of age and of buildings more than three miles inland when they reach 30 years of age. Buildings will then be required to have an inspection every 10 years thereafter with inspection records made available to buyers, renters and unit owners. For buildings occupied before July 1, 1992, the first inspection must be completed by Dec. 31, 2024. After Dec. 31, 2024, condo associations will be prohibited from waiving the collection of reserve funds to pay for routine or additional maintenance and repairs.