Susan, Home Buyer in Santa Ana, CA

What determines if a unit is legal?

Asked by Susan, Santa Ana, CA Sun Jan 13, 2013

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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Tue Jan 22, 2013
Hello Susan,

A legal unit will have a separate meter for Edison, and the Gas company.

If your unti is sharing a meter with the front house, you may very well have an illegal unit.

If you want to be for sure check with the county tax assessor's office, they can confirm if the unit is legal.

Kawain Payne, REaltor
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George Youde…, Agent, Tustin, CA
Mon Jan 21, 2013
There are number different ways that an experianced person can determine that
1- Check with The city of Santa Ana for Permit go in person
2- Go Public Record office City Of Santa Ana
3- Look at the other houses in the area.
4- Look for separate Gas, Water and Electrical Meters
So on........
The Most important of all is to check with the city and have an expert to determine it for you.
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Mon Jan 14, 2013
What and where is the unit you're talking about?
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Javier Robles, Agent, Santa Ana, CA
Sun Jan 13, 2013
Hi Susan,

A unit is determined to be legal when all appropriate permits have been completed (signed off by the City). Ussually permits can be found in the City's website You may also stop by the City M-T to make sure you get all the details; just ask for any permits issued on (address) and they will let you see them right at the desk.They can get copies of the same for you at a low price.

City of Santa Ana requires a business license to rent a unit in Santa Ana. Annual dues are about $114 per property and you don't need to take a course to get the business license.

Hope this helps.

Javier Robles
DRE Lic. # 01255516
RE/MAX Metro Real Estate Services
714-493-9289 Direct
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