I hope you bought your house while the area is still affordable. I owned a house there for 24 years on little 6th Avenue, one of the nicest streets in *old* Leimert Park. The houses are gorgeous, especially if they haven't been remuddled. The tile in my two bathrooms and kitchen was beautiful, including a Bachelder fireplace. My street had mostly single professional women with children, a college professor, a teacher, a couple of lawyers, some retirees, an LAUSD cop. The apartments in the area are nice as well, very spacious and gracious. My house was broken into once during the time I lived there. Security cameras aren't a bad idea, no matter what neighborhood you live in. The neighborhood is really well located, between USC and Culver City and is especially convenient now with the Expo line and by 2018 the line that will travel down Crenshaw to the airport. The neighborhood schools aren't the greatest except for sports, but I sent my kids to magnets. There's a wonderful music scene in LP Village with the World Stage and the Vision Theatre. A lot of the jazz clubs have closed, alas. There's even a Farmer's Market now (we used to have a food coop, The Jefferson Community Buyers Club). My kids love that they grew up in Leimert Park. Now I'm getting all nostalgic.... more
A three month single family home/ condominium/apartment furnished lease in the city will be more difficult than the West Los Angeles beach cities (Venice, CA, Marina del Rey, CA and Santa Monica, CA). In addition to scarcity it can be costly. I would suggest checking with Westside Rentals and Craigslist.
Gail Mercedes Cole
You can find an apartment in the Pico Union area for around 400-600 a month. That is the lowest I can think of if you want your own place. Search zipcodes in 90006, 90007 and 90037. You won't have to pay a commission fee at all. Don't pay one. You will need first and last month rent to move in. That's it.... more
I am sure you can get what is or seems to be a good deal but it should come with a big "Buyer Beware" Go into this with your eyes wide open because Disclosure as you know it will not be in evidence.
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It's usually much more time consuming and costly to get a permit post-completion, than it would have been to get it in the first place. Getting a permit requires a plan that meets the existing codes set by the building department. The fact that the previous owner did not get a permit is a bit of a red flag. And the interesting point about this is, the permit is the least costly aspect of the construction. The message is: get your permits in advance!
Thumbs up to Joe Nernberg, whose advice is always to the point. He describes a situation similar to one my clients recently faced. The more they opened walls for inspections, the greater the scope of work became, because nothing inside the walls can be grandfathered in.
But now to your situation. The following are steps in your process.
First, investigation. There are several things to be concerned about:
1. What are the dates (commencement and completion) of the construction? This information gives you a good idea of what codes the addition was built under, in the very best of circumstances.
2. Was the work done by a licensed contractor?
3. Is there a set of plans to support the remodel, drawn by an architect or engineer? Does the completed work match the plans? (see #4 and 5 next)
4. Does the physical structure of the remodel (walls, windows, ceiling heights, etc) conform to current codes? Was anything necessary for code removed, altered or diminished to create the new room? (Such as a garage or a setback)
5. Do the underlying systems (plumbing, heating, electrical, drainage) conform to current codes?
Once you have answered the above, your next steps include some or all of the following:
1. You will need a current set of plans to be approved by your local building and safety. They will need to be drawn and submitted by an authority recognized by your building and safety department.
2. You'll need to pay any necessary fees, local taxes, and fines in order to obtain your permit.
3. You will then have a series of inspections based on the scope of the work necessary to bring your project to current code.
4. You may need to open walls, remove fixtures, etc. to assure the inspector that the work done is to code.
The risk in accepting a property without a permit? If you, or anyone you sell the property to down the road, decide to add on or remodel, and the inspector discovers the un-permitted work, you may be asked to bring it to code as part of the scope of the work, before they will issue a certificate of occupancy on any future remodel.
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