Homeowners Guide to Earthquake Safety

Old homes for the most were not built with earthquake safety in mind. As a result, laws were created to help ensure that home owners and property dwellers were informed of the increased risk associated with older buildings in the instance of an earthquake.

Sellers of one to four unit buildings built prior to January 1, 1960 and made of conventional light frame wood are required by law to provide the buyer, prior to transfer of title, a copy of the “Homeowners Guide to Earthquake Safety”.  In addition the seller must disclose to the buyer any known safety deficiencies. 

Sellers of precast concrete, reinforced or unreinforced masonry buildings with wood frame floors or roofs built before January 1, 1975 are required to provide the buyer with a copy of the “Commercial Property Owners Guide to Earthquake Safety”.