This may be one of the most popular urban legends in CA real estate: Does California Require a Termite Inspection?
The short answer is "No."
I just got a text from a client who is in escrow to buy a home in Orange. We had their property inspection earlier today. He wanted a referral for a termite company. I was surprised for two reasons:
1. The purchase contract specifically said the Seller (Foreclosing Bank) would NOT pay for a termite inspection.
2. The propery inspector did not mention he noticed termite damage today.
I asked my client about that and he said the property inspector did not see termite damage, but he told him that a termite inspection is required in all Calfornia real estate transactions.
I explained this is a very popular urban legend, but it is not entirely accurate. Some lending institutions require a termite inspection AND a clearance. A termite inspection is highly recommended in every transaction. If the Residential Purchase Agreement calls for a termite inspection, almost every lender will require it is completed and any Section 1 work is completed before the loan can fund.
So there is not a California law requiring a termite inspection. It is standard practice, it is highly recommended, it is NOT required.
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