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First Substitute H.B. 53

Representative Larry B. Wiley proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Larry B. Wiley

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill enacts a provision relating to seismic requirements for certain structures
             11      converted to condominiums.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires the owner of a structure two or more stories high to cause a seismic
             15      evaluation of the structure to be performed if the owner converts the structure to a
             16      condominium;
             17          .    establishes standards for a person performing a seismic evaluation; and
             18          .    imposes requirements on the owner of a structure if the seismic evaluation shows
             19      that the structure fails to comply with an applicable standard.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      ENACTS:

             26          57-8-42, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 57-8-42 is enacted to read:
             30          57-8-42. Seismic evaluation required if multi-level structure converted to
             31      condominium -- Requirements if structure not in compliance.
             32          (1) If a structure that is two or more stories high and was built before 1975 is converted
             33      to a condominium under this chapter, the structure's owner shall cause a seismic evaluation of
             34      the structure to be performed by a person licensed as a professional structural engineer under
             35      Title 58, Chapter 22, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Act.
             36          (2) The person performing the seismic evaluation under Subsection (1) shall perform
             37      the evaluation according to standards and requirements set forth in the code, as defined in
             38      Section 58-56-3 , of the applicable compliance agency, as defined in Section 58-56-3 .
             39          (3) If the seismic evaluation under Subsection (1) indicates that the structure is not in
             40      compliance with an applicable standard, the structure's owner shall:
             41          (a) before occupancy of the converted condominium:
             42          (i) review the noncompliance with, as applicable:
             43          (A) the county in whose unincorporated area the converted condominium is located; or
             44          (B) the municipality in which the converted condominium is located;
             45          (ii) correct the noncompliance; and
             46          (iii) comply with applicable county or municipal requirements, including:
             47          (A) submitting the converted condominium to an inspection; and
             48          (B) obtaining a required approval or permit; or
             49          (b) (i) submit the evaluation for recording with the recorder of the county in which the
             50      structure is located; and
             51          (ii) provide a document at the closing of the sale of each unit within the converted
             52      condominium disclosing the existence of the evaluation and summarizing its content.

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