A new survey shows the number of residential code violations across California has surged by more than 20% since the first half of 2017.
The latest findings from the California Residential Code Compliance Program show that the number and severity of residential codes have increased by more as a percentage of total residential code citations than they have since 2016.
The data comes from a survey conducted by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), a nonprofit news organization.
Codes issued by the state are required to be in English, but not necessarily the language most people speak in the home.
Citizens with an English-speaking household can sign up to receive alerts when a new residential code is issued.
The new data also showed that in 2017, about 5% of residential properties in California had code violations.
The survey also showed the number, severity and frequency of residential Code violations has gone up significantly in the past year.
For example, in 2017 there were 3,839 residential code complaints compared to 4,946 in 2016.
That’s a 5.6% increase.
“I think we can expect to see that continue in the near future, especially in California,” said CIR Legislative Analyst Brian Pomerantz.
The state has more than 2.3 million residential properties and about 2.5 million nonresidential properties in the state.
In 2017, the average number of complaints per property was 6.1.
The numbers show the number has risen by an average of nearly 20% each year since 2014.
The survey shows there were 7,634 residential codes in California in 2017.
That represents a 22% increase from 2016.
The number of codes in the entire state increased by a total of 1,817,000 from 2017 to 2018, the survey showed.
The average number issued per property jumped from 7,849 in 2016 to 9,835 in 2017 and then to 9.834 in 2018.
The percentage of residential homes with a residential code in 2017 was 4.9% while it was 5.2% in 2016 and then jumped to 6.3% in 2017 — up from 5.5% in 2014.
Pomerantz said this could be due to the fact that California has more code enforcement officers and the number is more targeted toward higher-risk homes.
“We don’t want people who don’t speak English to sign up,” Pomerant said.
“They’re less likely to get codes.
They’re less vulnerable.”
California residents can sign a home insurance policy with the state’s code compliance program to reduce their risk of a code violation.
The program is available to anyone.
The program also allows homeowners to receive a one-time $250 credit to help offset their costs associated with code violations and a $150 rebate to help them pay for repairs to their homes.