Business & Professions Code §11018.5. Completion Bonds; Sale of First Lot/Unit.
With respect to the subdivisions and interests of the type described in Section 11004.5, and in addition to the other grounds for denial of a public report as set forth in this code, the commissioner shall issue a public report if the commissioner finds the following with respect to any such subdivision or interest:
(1) Reasonable arrangements have been made to assure completion of the subdivision and all offsite improvements included in the offering.
(2) If the condominium or community apartment project, stock cooperative or planned development, or premises or facilities within the common area are not completed prior to the issuance of a final subdivision public report on the project, the subdivider shall specify a reasonable date for completion and shall comply with one of the following conditions:
(A) Arranges for lien and completion bond or bonds in an amount and subject to such terms, conditions and coverage as the commissioner may approve to assure completion of the improvements lien free.
(B) All funds from the sale of lots or parcels or such portions thereof as the commissioner shall determine are sufficient to assure construction of the improvement or improvements, shall be impounded in a neutral escrow depository acceptable to the commissioner until the improvements have been completed and all applicable lien periods have expired; provided, however, the commissioner determines the time for the completion is reasonable.
(C) An amount sufficient to cover the costs of construction shall be deposited in a neutral escrow depository acceptable to the commissioner under a written agreement providing for disbursements from that escrow as work is completed.
(D) If the project is a condominium situated on a single parcel as shown on an approved final subdivision map, arrange for (i) lien and completion bond or bonds in an amount sufficient to assure lien-free completion of all common area improvements not located in a residential structure, and (ii) placement of all funds, or such portions thereof as the commissioner shall determine are sufficient, from the sales of condominium interests in a neutral escrow depository acceptable to the commissioner. The funds for purchase or lease of the condominium interest shall remain in the escrow account until the residential structure in which the purchaser’s separate unit is located has been completed, and all lien periods applicable to the purchaser’s separate and undivided interests in the entire project arising out of the work of improvement performed by either the subdivider or any successor in interest to the subdivider have expired or have been insured against in a manner satisfactory to the commissioner.
(E) Such other alternative plan as may be approved by the commissioner.
(b) The deeds, conveyances, leases, subleases, or instruments or assignment to be used are adequate to transfer to the purchasers the legal interests and uses which the owner or subdivider represents the purchasers will receive.
(c) After transfer of title to the first lot, apartment, or condominium in the subdivision to any purchaser, the provisions of the declaration of restrictions, articles of incorporation, bylaws, management contracts (and the provisions of any and all other documents establishing, in whole or in part, the plan for use, enjoyment, maintenance, and preservation of the subdivision) as last submitted to the commissioner prior to issuance of the final public report, shall be binding upon the purchaser and occupant of every other lot, apartment, or condominium in the subdivision, including, except with regard to a limited-equity housing cooperative, purchasers acquiring title by foreclosure, whether judicial or nonjudicial, or by deed in lieu thereof, under any mortgage or deed of trust, whether or not the mortgage or deed of trust was recorded prior to recordation of the covenants, conditions and restrictions applicable to the first lot, apartment, or condominium.
(d) Reasonable arrangements have been made for delivery of control over the subdivision and all offsite land and improvements included in the offering, to the purchasers of lots, apartments, or condominiums in the subdivision.
(e) Reasonable arrangements have been or will be made as to the interest of each of the purchasers of lots, apartments, or condominiums in the subdivision with respect to the management, maintenance, preservation, operation, use, right of resale, and control of their lots, apartments, or condominiums, and such other areas or interests, whether or not within, or pertaining to, areas within the boundaries of the subdivision, as have been or will be made subject to the plan of control proposed by the owner and subdivider, and which are included in the offering.
“Purchaser,” as used in this section, shall include within its meaning a lessee of the legal interests described in Section 11003 of this code.
(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 697, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2005.)