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Report into Berkeley home safety
12 Feb 2016 08:08
In California, new mandatory building inspections introduced in Berkeley as a direct result of the tragic balcony collapse which killed six young people and injured seven others have found that almost one in five multi-unit properties in the city had unsafe water damaged balconies, decks or stairwells.
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According to a new report from housing authority, the City of Berkeley, at least 402 properties - or 18% - had moisture or water damage that raised significant safety concerns.
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However some 28% of the city's multi-unit building owners did not respond to the authority's request to carry out inspections, so the number of those with water-damaged exterior elements could be higher.
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The new mandatory inspections were introduced by the authority in the wake of the tragedy in an effort by officials to ensure nothing similar could happen again.
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The inspections were part of a three-pronged approach to improve safety, along with new restrictions on building design, and new specifications for building materials that were less likely to retain moisture.
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The mandatory inspections relate to staircases, decks, balconies and other exterior structures in multi-unit buildings.
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