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In 2019, California lawmakers passed legislation making it easier for people to build Additional Dwelling Units (ADU) on their property. While ADU's are an investment of your time and money, they’re more than worth the upfront cost and hassle. 

There are all kinds of benefits to building an ADU. For one, they allow you to keep your aging family members nearby while maintaining some privacy.  They also add instant resale value to your home and renting it out to tenants means thousands of dollars in extra income a month. 

Interested in building one on your property? Then check out this guide to building an ADU in Los Angeles to get a better idea of the process. 

The Basics

Before you jump into building an ADU on your property, you should

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When looking for a new home in Los Angeles, it's always smart to consider buying in an up-and-coming neighborhood. The cost of a house will be lower, and it will only be a matter of time before the area is bustling with new restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, thus driving up your home's resale value. 

If you're in the market for a place to live or an investment rental property, East Hollywood is the perfect area to look at for these reasons. Not only is the neighborhood growing rapidly, it's also in a great location. You're only moments away from entrances to the 101, about 10 minutes to West Hollywood or Glendale, and you can get away with telling people you live in "Silver Lake adjacent." 

Need more proof that this is a great place to

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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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Los Angeles City Hall

This Tuesday, Oct 24th, 2018 a Special Meeting of the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee of the Los Angeles City Council convened to hear public comments on the proposed Home-Sharing Ordinance and adjourned without conclusion, again. The meeting was attended by members of the UNITE HERE Local 11, the Los Angeles Vacation Home Rental Alliance, Los Angeles Tenants Union, as well as concerned area landlords and home-share advocates. In the 3 years since the ordinance was proposed, it remains under review.

On June 2, 2015, City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Herb Wesson first introduced the motion to direct the Department of City Planning to prepare an ordinance governing the use of short-term rentals (a portion of a residential building

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Open House 6/11/17 12-2pm - $515,000


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Cape Cod style home in quiet Harbor Pines neighborhood Intimate 7 unit Gated Community Built in 2005 No shared walls=SFR feeling Upgrades include: oak hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen w/ Brazilian granite counter tops & walk-in pantry, real wood plantation shutters, stainless steel appliance package 2x car garage Reverse layout = lots of natural light & peek-a-boo views of city Dual sided fireplace in living room/dining room Central heat (no air) Great opportunity to own high quality home at entry level price Conventional Loans only complex not FHA/VA approved Less than 2 miles to whole foods, 24 Hour Fitness, Costco &
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Price Reduced $30k! - Motivated Seller!! - $419,000 All offers Welcome - Including FHA/VA and all Down Payment Assistance Programs

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4x bedrooms 2x full bathrooms Well maintained home in good condition. Property has laminate flooring and Washer dryer hookups. Property had central heat and air w/ ducting installed in last 2 years. 2x remodeled bathrooms Garage has been recently re-built Gated front yard with long driveway and large 2x car garage alley access for RV or boat in back yard (alley locked by city so no through traffic) Big house ideal for large family. Extremely motivated seller bring any and all offers FHA/VA offers welcome. Showings with Appointments only - DO NOT DISTURB
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The Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) has brought about a lot of changes for 2017. Among the most important of these are the Tenant Buyout Notification Program, or "Cash for Keys". Many of us have probably heard of, if not experienced firsthand, a landlord looking to strike a deal with a tenant to get them to move out of their unit. This tends to happen a lot in developing neighborhoods, where someone is looking to renovate an entire building and reopen at a higher pricing tier.

As this trend has grown, the city has taken notice. Through the Cash for Keys program, tenants in RSO covered housing will be better protected as tenant buyouts become more regulated and streamlined.

 

Knowledge is Power

 

One of the main ideas behind RSO changes for 2017

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The Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) held a public hearing on Wednesday, February 1st down on Vermont and 85th street. The purpose was to discuss how federal funds are being used by the city to help communities in Los Angeles. Here's what they shared...

 

Five Years Later 

The speaker pointed out that HCIDLA was now in its 5th year of its 5-year program. This program has had four main objectives to help improve conditions. These are: 

  • The Community Development Block Grant
  • Home Investment Partnerships Program
  • Emergency Solutions Grant
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development required that the city submit plans for these grants, and it has been a…
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Los Angeles is a very big, mixed up, beautiful mess of a city. Itís got bits that are clean and pretty, others that have more grit with hidden drinking and dining gems hiding behind nondescript storefronts and in back alleys. There are two things nearly all of LA has in common: low vacancy and high rents.


Rental site, Zumper, shows most of West LA from Playa Del Rey to Brentwood sitting at average 1-bedroom rents of over $1,800, with a number of hotspots over $2,400, and with Santa Monica alone able to claim an average of over $3,000 as if trying to compete with San Francisco prices.


While most Angelenos feel the increases on their finances, eyes turn to the battalion of construction cranes that dot the skyline. Before long, those cranes get replaced by

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If you’ve driven through downtown LA on the 110 in the last few months, you’ve probably noticed the new construction that’s been taking shape on the iconic landscape.

 

What you’ve been driving past is soon to be Metropolis, an ambitiously large-scale complex of retail shops, a restaurant, a boutique hotel, a garden and three towers of luxury condos that start reaching into the skyline from six stories above the street.

 

Here’s a rundown of the three residential towers.

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Tower I 

This tower has already sold most of its availability, and there’s every indication that they will all be sold by the time the tower is available for move-in. Offering 308 units in its 38 stories, this will be the first of the towers to open. It's luxury

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