Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance
Under San Francisco’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance, a seller, before transfer of title can occur, must have an energy inspection verifying that all applicable conservation applications have been installed per the Department of Building Inspection (DBI). This inspection is filed with the DBI and recorded with the county. Sellers are not required to spend more than 1% of the greater of the purchase price or assessed value to comply with the upgrade requirements. In the case of 1 or 2 unit buildings, the cost can not exceed $1300.
Buyers and sellers may negotiate the responsibility for these upgrades, placing responsibility with the buyer, as long as the agreed upon changes are made within 180 days of transfer of title.