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Sun May 7, 2017
Rade asked:
Sun May 7, 2017
Confi13 asked:
In Redondo Beach, for a few lots I am exploring, I could get good water views with a reverse floor plan. What are the pro/cons that you have exprience
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Sun Apr 30, 2017
Bigblacktrashbag answered:
We are very late to the game here but we have made improvements on multiple properties over the years (garden improvements) and we 150% always take the expensive plants with us unless there's some other deal worked out.

While you're getting quizi legal advice, the reality of it is that the landlord would have to sue you in court. And not just court, small claims court. Two things: 1) it's not going to be worth their time. 2) if they sue you counter sue for the maximum amount. A very very small amount of work can pull up a massive, massive amount of infractions a landlord can be doing that makes him/her liable for the maximum small claims amount.

There's nothing worse than landlords suddenly thinking more equity for no money. In the actual business world that's called fraud.

We've had terrible landlords and they didn't say a word. Don't worry about it.
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Sun Apr 30, 2017
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Sat Apr 29, 2017
Erikav asked:
Where do I start with regard to what I can and can't do in the city of chicago? I've seen a lot about providing parking spaces - we currently don't have any, we have a large yard, is that…
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Sat Apr 29, 2017
Ws Homeowner answered:
Sounds like you actually moved plumbing to accommodate moving the toilet. While maybe not structural, it seems material. If it was a licensed plumber that did the work, but did it under the table, you likely are OK, not perfect, but OK. Not like you added a master bedroom suite. If you want to be more sure, you could have another licensed professional verify the work was sound, or to be 100% certain, have it inspected after the fact and pay any permit fees/penalties. But that has issues as well. Maybe what you did was not 'permitable', and the you gotta put it back. There are risks either way you go. ... more
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Thu Apr 27, 2017
NewGuy asked:
Hello all quick question I have a approved Certificate of Completion for an enclosed porch/ sun room converted from a rooftop patio. The room has electric in it and no plumbing. If I decide…
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Sun Apr 23, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
If you are building an addition to your home, you will need a permit and the permit from your county will tell you where you can build.
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Sat Apr 22, 2017
Hermitlife asked:
I have a tiny 700 sqft cottage in Berkeley on 2200 sqft lot. It was built in 1950 and I don't consider it fine craftsmanship. I am thinking of lifting it up to add a new story underneath.…
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Fri Apr 21, 2017
Wed Apr 19, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Generally, no. Permits are normally for any physical changes to the walls, outside structure, electrical, plumbing, roof, adding square footage, changing number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. ... more
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Sat Apr 15, 2017
Juliacresci answered:
I had a problem with a licensed contractor who charged me for things I never got. I complained to the licensing board. They investigated and said that they found violations, I would receive money back and that I would need to go to court. the case was taking a long time because the contractor wasn't producing all the info (warranties and receipts) that were requested. The investigator got tired of the case and threatened to close it even though it was the contractor that was holding up the settlement. I just received a letter that they were disposing my complaint and putting a letter in their file for technical violations. I am furious. The CSLB isn't there for consumers unless they can get rid of the case quickly. This company is out there to scam other elderly people like me and get away with just a slap on the hand. The BBB is even worse. Don't trust anyone. ... more
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