Today's blog post marks the beginning of a new series we'll be doing where we'll tell you everything you need to know about duplexes in Los Angeles. We're choosing to shine a spotlight on this type of property because although they're sometimes overlooked as an option, they can be the ideal choice for prospective owners, investors, and renters. These properties are less expensive than a single-family home, so they're great for the renter or owner who wants the feeling of an SFR, but can't quite afford that yet.  If you're considering getting into real estate investing, starting off with a duplex is a great way to get your feet wet without taking on the responsibility of a multi-unit building.

Los Angeles has an abundance of duplexes throughout the…

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After 3 years of debate, Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management committee approved a draft ordinance on December 4, 2018, pushing forward a proposed regulatory structure for home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway. Los Angeles currently has no enforced regulatory system for how residents home-share.

The committee's approval of the full ordinance means that the full City Council could vote on it soon and work out the smaller details in the future. The ordinance would not take effect until July 1, 2019, or until a separate ordinance regulating non-primary residences is passed.

The draft ordinance that went before the PLUM Committee on Tuesday would allow qualified hosts to rent year-round (in a program called “extended”…

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