The California Apartment Association this week issued a background paper to help its members comply with a new law requiring periodic inspections of certain apartment balconies, stairwells and other elevated structures.

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. The bill came in response to tragic balcony and stairwell collapses in two apartment buildings several years ago.

Sen. Jerry Hill

Under SB 721, 15 percent of the load-bearing, elevated exterior elements at apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every …

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