Pasadena Real Estate Transfer Inspections
Updated: May 2, 2022
If you are buying or selling a home in Pasadena, CA you will have to navigate the city's pre-sale inspection program. This post will help you understand program and its background, and provide the links you need for compliance.
In 2019, Pasadena’s City Council approved an ordinance replacing the previous Occupancy Inspection Program with the Presale Self-Certification Program. The Ordinance (No. 7337) and Municipal Code Section (14.17) impacts sellers and places a requirement that sellers obtain a Presale Certification of Completion or Presale Certificate of Inspection before closing escrow on a single-family home, condo, townhome, or a duplex.
In Pasadena, the owner is responsible for obtaining a Presale Certificate of Completion or a Presale Certificate of Inspection. Through these options, the city intends to improve the safety of residential properties by addressing major life and safety code violations.
In the 1970’s the Pasadena City inspection and approval was required prior to the sale of any single family residential home or duplex to improve the City’s housing stock.
The Presale Self-Certification Program grants a self-certification option on eligible properties the meet specific requirements.
What is required to be eligible for a Presale Certificate of Completion?
The property must not have any open code compliance cases. In addition, the application for a Presale Certificate of Completion requires the owner to self-certify the following:
Property’s actual square footage of living space does not exceed LA County Assessor’s record by 10% or greater;
Property meets fire prevention, detection and exiting requirements; and,
Property does not have un-permitted construction, additions, conversions or accessory structures greater than 120 square feet.