L.A. Apartment Tenants Would Pay Quake Retrofit Costs Under Council Plan

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A Los Angeles City Council member wants to allow owners who seismically retrofit apartment buildings to pass on the costs to tenants.


File photo of an apartment complex in Los Angeles. (Credit: KTLA)

Councilman Bernard C. Parks said he wants the city to explore exempting these apartment owners from the city’s rent-control law as part of a larger effort by city officials to strengthen thousands of buildings vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake.

Under existing laws, only 50% of the cost of major apartment rehabilitation projects can be passed through to tenants, Parks said.

Parks wants city staff to evaluate passing through all the costs to tenants but do it “over a reasonable period of time.”

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