Have you heard about recent laws that passed requiring certain water-conserving features in single-family homes here in California? Here’s how they might affect you.
Some new laws have recently gone into effect relating to water conservation here in Southern California. Today I wanted to talk a little bit about these laws and some features you can use to help conserve water.
You may not have heard of this law, but it was recently passed and states that every home built before 1994 in California must have water-conserving features. To comply with this, single-family homes should have these features.
Many people have had questions about this and how it could affect their home sales. For example, some sellers are wondering if there are any special disclosures they must make. Technically, the law requires you to disclose if there are any non-compliant plumbing fixtures in the house. If you’re unsure, you definitely want to check with a plumber or licensed professional. The new law requires every home built before 1994 to have water-conserving features.
Another question I get a lot is whether a homeowner has to install any of these features if they’re selling their house. The good news is that you can sell your house as-is, but technically, you are in violation of the law by not installing those features. In that case, it could become a negotiation point during the selling process.
If you want to install these features to make sure you’re in compliance with this law, reach out to a local plumber or contractor, or go online and find out the exact specifications of these features so you can do it yourself if you’re a handy person.
If you have any questions about this law or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in our local market, give me a call or send me an email. I’d be happy to help!