Residential Earthquake Hazards Disclosure – SF Real Estate

Posted On: September 29, 2015
By: ffdadmin

The Residential Earthquake Hazards Disclosure is a form typically seen in most San Francisco disclosure packages. The Residential Earthquake Hazards Disclosure form is required in all transactions that involve the purchase or sale of pre-1960 residential construction. However, many agents in San Francisco are in the habit of including it in their disclosure package and often include it even when it is not required.

// This post is a part of our series: Your Guide to a San Francisco Disclosure Package. //

The Residential Earthquake Hazards disclosure is a *property specific* disclosure document. It contains information that may help you understand how the property is likely to behave in an earthquake.  While this document can contain property specific information, unless a property has had specific seismic retrofitting, the answers to questions on this document are typically “Don’t Know.”

Residential Earthquake Hazards form for Pre-1960 Construction

Residential Earthquake Hazards form for Pre-1960 Construction

Most homes in San Francisco were constructed prior to 1960, so you will almost always see this form in a San Francisco disclosure package.

The Residential Earthquake Hazards Disclosure guide goes hand in hand with the Earthquake Safety guide mentioned in a previous post. The questions that are answered on this form make much more sense after you’ve had a look at the booklet.

We generally advise our buyers to review the earthquake safety guide before actively searching for a particular home. That way, by the time they find the right home they are familiar with the background information and can apply it to a particular property of interest.