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Rental Basics in 90019 : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Aug 8, 2011
Mstporter90 answered:
Excellent advice Anthony! I ended up renting from a friend. She owns a beautiful home in Sherman Oaks but is seldom home because of her work. My rent is minimal.... I just keep the house clean and take care of the landscaping. This way I can save money and try for my own place once my bankruptcy has been discharged. I took the upfront a appraoch with a few land lords before moving in with her and they all wanted huge deposits. I just couldn't see myself putting a house like down payment down on a small apartment. ... more
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Wed Nov 3, 2010
Kathleen Becker answered:
Unfortunately, LAHD does require the new owner to register or exempt the units in the year that it is purchased. As Ron stated below, your best bet is to pay the fee and then appeal it.

The property, once it's registered, stays in the LAHD system. They continue to assess and collect registration fees until they are notified otherwise.

You may want to go back to 2006 records to see what how was registered then. Did you purchase the property vacant? Were there tenants occupying the units before you purchased it or was it owner occupied then? That may be a start.

Keep track of the dates and names of whom you speak to at LAHD. They can be difficult to deal with at times, however, you may find that "jewel" of a person who will advise you of the process.

Good luck and all the best,
Kat Becker
Prudential California Realty
katbecker@prula.com
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