Some municipalities in Florida require condos to undergo a 40-year recertification for condos for their safety for occupancy at the 40-year mark. Here, we explain what it requires and whether any other areas have such requirements and ask our experts if condo boards in other states could learn anything from this process.
The 40-Year ReCertification for Condos Explained
The 40-year recertification for Condos is primarily applicable in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It’s an inspection intended to ensure buildings are structurally and mechanically safe and intact as they age. Here’s a notice to owners of the inspection to give you a feel for its requirements.
The process is a routine matter, but it’s also complicated, notes Masia, LCAM, the Broward/Palm Beach County, Fla.-based vice president of the southeast region for KW Property Management. “I’ve done a lot of these,” he says.
“It requires an engineer to do a study of the building based on its structure, electrical, plumbing, and so on,” he explains. “From that point, the study is going to tell us what’s wrong with the building. For a lot of associations here in south Florida, the biggest part of it is the concrete structure.
“The recertification isn’t an easy task, and it could be complicated if you don’t have the right team—and it’s going to require money,” adds Masia. “We’re also required to do a 50-year recertification, so there’s a 40-year certification of condos and then one again in 10 years.
“These can be sophisticated because some associations plan in advance of the certification,” he explains. “I highly recommend that if you’re in the 35-year radius, this is the time to start to give your long-term plan—your five-year plan—a read. Start recognizing what you have to do to obtain this 40-year certification.
“I have a building on Miami Beach whose 40-year certification was three years out,” he recalls. “But they knew they had to start their work. They wanted to redo balcony rails and other things. By the time they got that done three years down the road and did their 40-year, their engineer was able to recertify them.”
According to the Florida Building Code, all buildings need to be recertified every 40 years to ensure both structural and electrical integrity. Of course, Florida is prone to extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, so these inspections are necessary for property owners of all kinds. If you own a property in Florida and you are not prepared for the upcoming 40-year building recertification, follow these simple steps below to get started so you don’t have any worries about passing the inspection.
While the specific requirements of your inspection will vary depending on which city and county you own properties in, it is always a good idea to install hurricane glass doors. High impact glass will be able to withstand strong winds that result from tropical storms. This means that the interior of your property will be protected against potential damage in the event of severe weather. Choosing the right hurricane impact doors will also increase your likelihood of passing the 40-year recertification inspection when it rolls around.