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EMA Forensic Associates (EMA) is now conducting Milestone Inspections Jacksonville in accordance with Florida Senate Bill 4D / FL Law 553.899. EMA has conducted hundreds of structural design of buildings of similar inspections for condominium associations throughout our nearly 20 year history. If your condominium association falls under the requirements of this new law, reach out to EMA Engineers at info@emaengineers.com and we will provide you with a proposal to inspect your property in accordance with these new requirements. Our contact information is listed below.

Florida Milestone Inspections Jacksonville

Florida Milestone Inspections Jacksonville
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Florida Milestone Inspections

Requirement of Phase 1 Milestone Inspections Jacksonville:

  • Must be completed by December 31st, 2024.
  • Licensed engineer or architect must perform the inspection.
  • Visual examination of buildings, including structural components.
  • Summary of material findings and recommendations.
  • Must be submitted within 180 days of written notice from the local enforcement agency.
  • If Phase 2 is required, further explanation to follow.

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Email:  info@emaengineers.com or call 904-361-9877 for more information.

Brief overview of FL Law 553.899 Milestone Inspections Jacksonville

A milestone inspections consists of two phases, with a possible Structural Integrity Reserve Study:

(a) For phase one of the milestone inspection, a licensed architect or engineer authorized to practice in this state shall perform a visual examination of habitable and nonhabitable areas of a building, including the major structural components of a building, and provide a qualitative assessment of the structural conditions of the building. If the architect or engineer finds no signs of substantial structural deterioration to any building components under visual examination, phase two of the inspection, as provided in paragraph (b), is not required. An architect or engineer who completes a phase one milestone inspection shall prepare and submit an inspection report.

(b) A phase two of the milestone inspection must be performed if any substantial structural deterioration is identified during phase one. A phase two inspection may involve destructive or nondestructive testing at the inspector’s direction. The inspection may be as extensive or as limited as necessary to fully assess areas of structural distress in order to confirm that the building is structurally sound and safe for its intended use and to recommend a program for fully assessing and repairing distressed and damaged portions of the building. When determining testing locations, the inspector must give preference to locations that are the least disruptive and most easily repairable while still being representative of the structure. An inspector who completes a phase two milestone inspection shall prepare and submit an inspection report.

(c) “Structural integrity reserve study” means a study of the reserve funds required for future major repairs and replacement of the common areas based on a visual inspection of the common areas. A structural integrity reserve study may be performed by any person qualified to perform such study. However, the visual inspection portion of the structural integrity reserve study must be performed by an engineer licensed under chapter 471 or an architect licensed under chapter 481. At a minimum, a structural integrity reserve study must identify the common areas being visually inspected, state the estimated remaining useful life and the estimated replacement cost or deferred maintenance expense of the common areas being visually inspected, and provide a recommended annual reserve amount that achieves the estimated replacement cost or deferred maintenance expense of each common area being visually inspected by the end of the estimated remaining useful life of each common area.