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Unpermitted Bootleg Unit(s) and Construction

It is not uncommon in the city of Los Angeles to own a building with one or more unpermitted units.

Windrich recommends any prospective buyer review a building's "Certificate of Occupancy" before purchasing any multi-unit building in order to identify what is legally on record. If you already own a building with an unpermitted unit, it is in your best interest to attempt to legalize. What you might be able to get away with today, may not be available to you tomorrow. As the city of Los Angeles continues to grow by population, it affects your property's current maximum potential.

As other property owners take advantage of legalizing units on your street, the chances of legalizing your unpermitted unit starts to decrease. The increase in density might subject an area to down-zoning. In addition to density, adding additional units to your property will require additional parking. Some properties have limited or no parking on the lot. This is very common in any big city.

As each property is unique, there are many other property issues that will arise, but all areas need to be researched in order to identify if your unpermitted unit can be legalized. If you have been cited, there is a short window of time to take action. Windrich recommends taking care of your Order to Comply from the LAHD swiftly to avoid additional fees, time and most importantly avoid REAP.

Call Windrich today and speak to a representative about your unpermitted unit issues. We will provide a scope of work that identifies the possible options needed to make the decision on your property easiest. You might not need to pay relocations fees after all.

Tip: In most cases, it does not matter if you bought the building without knowing about unpermitted changes. See Due Diligence in Windrich Quick Dictionary.

Tip: If your agent tells you not to worry about an unpermitted unit in Los Angeles, he or she is not thinking in your best interest.

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