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What is the building inspection and what does it suppose for the old buildings?

The legal preventive architecture is located behind the Building inspection. All multifamily buildings that are of a certain age are required to pass this type of audit to verify that they meet the appropriate safety requirements.

That is why it is so important that homeowners’ communities implement the necessary conservation and rehabilitation tasks, both to ensure the stability of the building and the protection of the people who inhabit it.

Although it is a procedure that must be carried out, the public administration does not make any notification, but each community has the responsibility to request the corresponding revision.

Thus, it is necessary to attend to the ordinances of the city council where the deadlines of revision are concertized. In the event that there is no local regulation, at the general level it is established that all buildings with more than 50 years are obliged to pass the inspection. After this time has passed, the building inspection must be re-performed every 10 years at most.

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How is the technical building inspection carried out?

The Building inspection or technical inspection of the building must be carried out by a qualified technician who has the degree of architect, surveyor or building engineer.

It is very important that homeowners’ communities choose a suitable professional for this task, since it will depend on the validity of the report.

Once the visit between the two parties has been planned and the budget has been approved, the technician must go to the building to carry out the inspection.

This review is performed visually to check the status of common elements: interior and exterior facades, accessibility elements, roofs, structure, general plumbing networks, etc. Since this is a visual assessment, the community does not have to bear any discomfort.

In addition, as a general rule, the hired professional does not have to accede to the private houses, except when it considers it relevant by the bad state of the whole.

Broadly speaking, the time it takes to make a Building inspection is about a week. Its price will depend on the technician, since there are no fixed rates in advance and each one establishes its own fees.

It should be taken into account that buildings not subject to this building inspection are faced with different economic fines.

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What can be the rating of the building inspection?

When the building inspection technician proves that the building is in good condition and that it complies with all safety conditions, the result will be approved.

In these cases, the professional himself is in charge of processing all the documentation so that this qualification is in the databases of the relevant organism and until 10 years elapse it will not be necessary to pass a new revision.  

However, the resolution can also determine that the housing block has minor, major, serious or very serious deficiencies. Except in the first, in the rest it is necessary to start a rehabilitation program of the building together with the technician.

Jeremy Dawes
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