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City Invites Seismic Retrofitting Feedback

Post Date:May 10, 2018 5:22 PM

city hallThe City of West Hollywood invites landlords and tenants to participate in a short survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wehoseismic) about landlord/tenant cost sharing for seismic retrofitting rent stabilized properties.

Caring for residents and protecting rent stabilized housing are top priorities for the City of West Hollywood. Currently, landlords are able to file for a rent increase if building operation costs, including costs for seismic retrofitting, exceed rent collected. The City is seeking input on an alternative to possible rent increases.

In 2017, the West Hollywood City Council formally adopted two Ordinances establishing a framework for the seismic retrofit of three types of existing buildings. A significant earthquake will not only affect life safety, but also loss of shelter and significant economic loss. The City of West Hollywood has taken a proactive approach by addressing seismic deficiencies in existing buildings.

In April 2018, the City uploaded, to its online open data portal, a visual survey of properties subject to the Ordinances. Property owners will be required to demonstrate that their buildings are in compliance with the Ordinances or will be required to seismic retrofit their buildings. The intent is to promote life safety and reduce the risk of collapse during a significant earthquake.

For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/seismic

For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood’s Rent Stabilization and Housing Manager, Peter Noonan, at (323) 848-6596 or at pnoonan@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
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