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Grand Jury: Recertify condos every 10-15 years after Surfside collapse

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Rescue personnel work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, Friday, June 25, 2021, in Surfside. The seaside condominium building partially collapsed on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In an effort to prevent another condo collapse like the one that killed 98 people in Surfside, a Miami-Dade County grand jury is asking local officials to require condo towers to undergo a recertification inspection by an engineer between 10 and 15 years after their construction. Right now, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties only require inspections every 40 years.

When the building collapsed in June, it had just undergone its 40 year recertification and major structural problems were uncovered and a massive multi-million dollar special assessment was in the process of being funded.

Other recommendations include repainting and waterproofing condo towers every ten years to prevent “spalling” which is the rusting of support rebar inside cracking concrete
Also, local governments would be required to hire more building inspectors, architects and engineers to identify structural damage and report it to local officials within 24 hours.

Also, the grand jury recommends requiring condo board owners to take courses on building maintenance.