Florida condos need regular testing, waterproofing, the panel said

The recommendations are aimed at preventing the collapse of some homes such as the one that killed 98 people in June.

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A Florida federal judge released a long list of recommendations Wednesday aimed at preventing another condom from falling like the one that killed 98 people in June, including earlier and more frequent tests and better water prevention.

In its report on the collapse of the Surfside, the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury called on state and local authorities to demand that condominium towers undergo a first inspection of an engineer's authorization between 10 and 15 years after its construction and every 10 years thereafter. . Currently, Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward County need to be tested for 40 years. Some states in Florida are not required.

Champlain Towers South, built in 1981, collapsed on June 24 as it was to be re-authorized for 40 years. No cause of collapse has been identified, but records show that the building was severely damaged in the underground parking garage. The engineer had already decided that $ 15 million would be needed to repair it. Another damage to a building in the sea is believed to have come from salty water in the air.

A mother and daughter talk outside the collapse of the Surfside Condo

The chief justice's report alleges that the state violated a 2008 mandate requiring all towers larger than three floors to be inspected every five years. This requirement was revoked after two years because it was considered too expensive.

"Looking back, it would seem that the repeal of that Legislature was a big mistake!" said the report.

Other recommendations include: - Requiring the condo towers to be repainted and waterproof every 10 years to prevent rust.

Having local governments increases the size of their construction departments, which includes hiring more inspectors.

Suspend for at least a year the licenses of engineers and architects who submit false or misleading authorization reports and prevent their tenants from conducting such inspections at the same time.

It requires that the second case lead to the revocation of the license.

It requires architects and engineers who experience significant damage during inspections to report to local authorities within 24 hours and not just on the condo board.

It requires condo board owners to take lessons on their role in overseeing building maintenance and managing building finances.