Council Ends Home Inspections with Unanimous Vote

Additional home inspections performed by the city will no longer be necessary when selling a home in South San Francisco.

Contributed by the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS®:

On Wednesday night, the South San Francisco City Council unanimously rejected a proposed ordinance mandating private property inspections before the city would allow residents to sell their home.

The city had been performing inspections for years without benefit of ordinance, and the council was set to study the issue of codifying the existing practices.  However, the council concluded it was best for the community to halt Point of Sale Inspections. After the 5-0 vote to indefinitely table the matter, Mayor Pedro Gonzalez stated flatly of Point of Sale, “it is dead.”

Mayor Pro Tem Karyl Matsumoto moved to eliminate mandatory inspections as the public hearing opened by making a motion to “drop the concept of Point-of-Sale inspections.” The real estate industry as well as city residents filled the City Council chambers in opposition to the Point-of-Sale proposal.

“By their action, the city council reaffirmed to South San Francisco residents that home ownership matters,” said Steve Blanton, Executive Officer of the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS®. “We are extremely grateful to the South San Francisco City Council for listening to their constituents and the business community.”

Do you think the council did the right thing backing off of these inspections? Tell us in the comments!

Phyllis McArthur January 18, 2013 at 05:51 AM
This is a positive win for the homeowners of SSF. Selling your home should not be a painful expeience. Homeowners already know what they are surposed to have in place when selling ther homes. I'm so happy, not only for my clients, but for the countless homeowners that felt that the "unknown" issues of SSF would hinder the sale of thier home
Juan Bustos January 18, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I aplaud the City Council for their decision. I congratulate Mayor Gonzalez on his statement to declare this added tax and warrantless search "dead."
Tina C. Wong January 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I applaud to our diligent Council Members and the time and effort San Mateo Association of Realtors has contributed to proof the unnecessary proposal by the Code Enforcement Dept. / SFFFD. It can only harm and cost the SSF homeowners. In past evidences that the SSFFD would give a $15K citation on a for sale property for graffitti that was smaller than 1sqft ft; and another incident that a toilet bolted to cement garage ground which was not in the building record. SSFFD claimed to be " Health & Safety Hazard", REALLY???
wolfone January 19, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Oh so the council caved to the realtors...nice. Well maybe when people can actually afford to buy homes they will demand that things be fixed. And give a earful or worse to our esteem city council for caving into Realtors. Way to go SSF! Well on your way to being the Wasilla of the West! PS not building ispections, they have a lot of fires up there....


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