Category: Homeowners

Collect $3,000 — Free — To Retrofit Your Home

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When a big earthquake hits your area, your house might fly off its foundation and collapse if:

  • It’s wood–framed
  • Built before 1980
  • Has a crawl space and/or a cripple wall
  • It’s never been retrofitted before

The good news is that this year the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is offering as much as $3,000 each to 4,400 California homeowners to help pay for retrofitting their places.

There are an estimated 1.2 million homes across the state that could be vulnerable, according to the CEA. Considering it could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in fixes, and years out of your house if your home is thrown off of its foundation, the program might be worth looking into.

More info here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6782011-Earthquake-Brace-Bolt.html#document/p1/a551657

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LADWP Turf Replacement Program – Free Workshops and $3 per Square Foot Rebate

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LADWP customers interested in transforming their lawns to drought-tolerant landscaping have a free resource in the form of hands-on workshops offered by LADWP’s Turf Replacement Program.  The free workshops tach customers how to remove turf, grade soil for capturing rainwater, and the step-by-step process to create sustainable landscapes in their own yards.

LADWP’s residential customers are now eligible to receive $3 per square foot rebate for up to 5,000 square feet of turf removed (up to a potential $15,000 in rebates!).

For more information on attending or hosting a Workshop, visit www.lawnbegonedwp.com.  For rebate and incentive details, please visit www.ladwp.com/landscaping.

Dept of City Planning is Holding Info Sessions on LA’s New Home-Sharing Ordinance

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From the Los Angeles Department of City Planning:

The City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2) in December of 2018. To prevent the wholesale conversion of homes into rental properties, the legislation establishes a regulatory framework to restrict short-term rentals to one’s primary residence. The Home-Sharing Ordinance requires hosts who wish to engage in short-term rentals to register with the City and post their registration number on all advertisements. Further information on eligibility requirements and host responsibilities may be found on the City Planning Department’s Home Sharing webpage.

Eligible hosts may now apply to the program through the Home-Sharing Online Registration Portal. The City will begin enforcement of the Home-Sharing Ordinance on November 1, 2019. Anyone who continues to engage in or advertise short-term rental activity after November 1 without posting an approved registration number will be in violation of the Home-Sharing Ordinance. Sign up here to receive email updates on the Home-Sharing Program.

Los Angeles City Planning will be holding several Home-Sharing Program Information Sessions throughout October and November. Please fill out the RSVP form on the session you would like to attend: http://bit.ly/LAHomeShareRSVP

Session Dates & Times
Download a one-page flyer with a full list of dates and times for both in-person and online Home Sharing Ordinance info sessions

More Info
For additional information, please contact:

Home-Sharing Unit
Department of City Planning – Development Services Center
201 N. Figueroa Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 202-5464
24/7 Complaint Hotline: (213) 267-7788
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