Village at Diamond Bar Condominiums - Order to Vacate

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November 4, 2021 - Today, effective 6:15 p.m., the City officially lifted the September 30, 2021 Order to Vacate, and in its place issued a new order that limits access only to certain areas, specifically the balconies of units B-8, D-8, E-8, F-6, G-7, H-7 and H-8.

The decision to lift the original Order to Vacate was made by the City’s Building Official after evaluating new structural engineer reports prepared by Englekirk Structural Engineers and Cannon Corporation on November 3 and 4, 2021, respectively.

Both Englekirk and Cannon Corp. concluded, based on their independent inspections, that while there are substantial deferred maintenance issues that should be addressed throughout the complex property, the condition does not create a widespread and immediate danger to the life or safety of all occupants of the individual units as previously recommended via a report by Khatri International, a structural engineer hired by the Diamond Bar Village Homeowner’s Association.

Key Takeaways:

  • The City will be removing all red and yellow tags which prohibit entrance into the second-floor units, and yellow tags that limit access to first-floor units and clubhouse for property retrieval.
  • Under the November Order, all units may be occupied, but the following seven units do have balcony structural concerns: B-8, D-8, E-8, F-6, G-7, H-7 and H-8. Those balconies will be red-tagged, but all other areas of those units may be occupied.
  • As a result of the new November 4, 2021 Order, the appeals filed from the September 30, 2021 Order are moot. Refer to the November Order for information about owner rights and the process for appeal of any aspect of the new Order.

Next Step: The City will issue a separate Notice and Order to Repair to the Diamond Bar Village Homeowners’ Association related to the common areas of the Property that remain in a substandard condition. The City will also issue any further orders as necessary regarding portions of individual units which are not safe to occupy.

Related documents:

October 20, 2021 - On Thursday, October 21, a City-selected structural engineer will conduct a preliminary on-site survey of all twelve buildings as part of a two-part approach to assess the structural condition of each building. 

Survey work will start around 9 a.m. and take approximately five hours to complete. The engineer will take a look at the exterior of each building, one at a time, and note structural damage and areas of concern. He will detail his findings in a report, and develop a work plan for the second part of the assessment approach.

The second part will involve an in-depth examination of each building, and will include “destructive testing” which means that openings will be cut into some areas of the building exteriors and/or interiors. Dates for this second part have not been determined, but the City will inform the HOA, tenants and owners when such work will take place.

October 11, 2021 - After hearing from several Village at Diamond Bar condominium residents and owners, the City determined that the public’s interests would best be served by delaying the enforcement of the order until after further structural investigations are conducted, and the appeal hearings are completed.

All 12 DBV buildings continue to be deemed hazardous at this time, and the City’s order to vacate remains in effect. Although enforcement or rescission of the order will not take place until after the steps outlined in this Update have been completed, the City considers all persons residing within the complex to be at serious risk pending further investigation of the structural condition of the buildings.

PDF Copy of the Notice that the Enforcement of Order To Vacate is on Hold Pending Further Structural Investigations And Hearings On Appeals, Structures To Remain Red- And Yellow-Tagged Until Further Notice

This notice is also available in Chinese (中國人) and Korean ( 한국인).

Background

On September 30, 2021, the City issued a Notice and Order to Vacate to the residents of the two-story, 150-unit condominium complex known as The Village at Diamond Bar based. The basis for issuing the Order was several serious health and safety conditions identified in a recent structural observation report prepared by a California licensed structural and civil engineer, retained by the Diamond Bar Village Homeowners Association (Village HOA), and a subsequent inspection by City personnel and review by the City's Building Official. 

PDF Copy of the Notice and Order Concerning a Substandard and Dangerous Building and Order to Vacate no Later than October 18, 2021

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Key Dates

Wednesday, September 22 - Khatri International, the structural and civil engineering firm retained by the Village HOA) completes its report of findings. Property owners and renters may obtain a copy of the report by contacting the HOA manager, Yvette Marie Allen, at DBV@avalonweb.com or (951) 746-8519.

Thursday, September 30 - City personnel issues the Notice and Order to Vacate and tags all 150 units with either yellow or red tags as follows:

  • Red-tagged units - All of the second-floor units are red-tagged. Once vacated, residents may not re-enter red-tagged units until the City deems the units to be safe.
  • Yellow-tagged units - All of the first-floor units are yellow-tagged. Residents may only re-enter yellow-tagged to retrieve personal belongings.

Resources

  • County of Los Angeles - Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
    For tenants/renters eligible for relocation assistance but not obtaining cooperation from their landlord, the County of Los Angeles Department of Small Claims Advisory Unit can help. Visit DCBA.LACounty.gov , call (800) 593-8222 or email Scott Tretter at stretter@dcba.lacounty.gov.

  • Legal Assistance for Tenants and Homeowners
    The County of Los Angeles offers two no or low-cost legal referrals depending on income eligibility:
    StayHousedLA.org or 888-694-0040 
    LA County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Program or (213) 243-1525

  • Housing Resources
    Call 2-1-1 or the LA County Housing Resource Center at or 877-428-8844

  •  Homelessness Prevention Resources 
    Call the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) at (213) 683-3333
  1. Building & Safety Division


    Physical Address
    21810 Copley Drive
    Diamond Bar, CA 91765

    Phone: 909-839-7020

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