3 Things You Should Know About a 3R

City law mandates that the seller of a residential building provide the buyer with a Report of Residential Building Record.  Since that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, the document is usually referred to as the 3R.

3R document in San Francisco, CA

Here are three things you should know about this important document…

One: The 3R is required for every residential sale or exchange transaction in San Francisco. Hotels or motels containing 30 or more guest rooms are not considered residential buildings and are exempt. If you are purchasing the first sale (of that unit) in new construction within one year of a CFC (certificate of final completion) having been issued, a 3R is not required. Otherwise, it is the seller’s responsibility to provide this information to the buyer.

Two: Every 3R will contain the following information:

  • Address of the building including condo or unit number, if any
  • Block and Lot (assessor’s parcel number)
  • Present authorized occupancy or use
  • Zoning district
  • If the property is a condominium
  • If the building contains any residential hotel guest rooms
  • Building code occupancy classification
  • Expiration date for any non-conforming uses
  • Original building construction date
  • Original occupancy or use
  • Building permit application history and status
  • Information about franchise tax board liens
  • Information about any abatement case on the property
  • Number of residential structures ont he lot
  • Information about if the energy inspection has been completed and proof of compliance issued
Three: The San Francisco 3R does not list any information about electrical or plumbing permits. However, you can search online for information about all permit types, including building permits, electrical permits, and plumbing permits.
This important disclosure document helps you, as a buyer, understand the history of the building and what improvements have been done with or without benefit of a permit. That said, you should also understand that the city does not warrant any information provided in the document and that is your responsibility, as a buyer, to verify, investigate, and understand all of the information provided.

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