Dangerous L.A. apartment buildings most at risk in an earthquake are quickly being fixed

The second and third floors of the Northridge Meadows apartment complex collapsed on the ground story in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. 3 AM An earthquake safety revolution is spreading along the streets and back alleys of Los Angeles, as steel frames and strong walls appear inside the first-story parking garages of thousands of apartment buildings. […]

West Hollywood landlords squarely on the hook for earthquake retrofit costs

City council denied surcharge plan that would have forced tenants to pay half West Hollywood Mayor John Duran and buildings damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake Landlords of earthquake-vulnerable buildings in West Hollywood will completely shoulder the costs to retrofit their buildings. The five-member West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously on Monday against adding a […]

Why LA landlords are choosing to sell rather than retrofit

One word: Earthquakes Los Angeles may have lucked out in comparison to the East Coast this year, but there is one ominous natural disaster that is keeping landlords up at night. Property owners are now choosing to sell their buildings altogether, rather than deal with the cost of retrofitting older apartment buildings put at risk […]

Earthquake maps now show Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive at risk

Areas in fault zones could face limits on development Beverly Hills was thought to be in the safe zone when the draft maps of earthquake fault lines were released last year. Now? Not so much. The final version of California Geological Survey’s map shows the Santa Monica fault line extending a mile farther northeast throughout […]

West Hollywood considers earthquake retrofit costs to owners, renters

Property owners face a big bill, but tenants would also have to pay, the city says West Hollywood is considering how property owners will pay to retrofit their buildings to comply with new earthquake safety standards, while still turning a profit and keeping costs realistic for renters. That’s no easy task. The city estimates that […]

LA looks for ways to help property owners finance seismic retrofits

Roughly 15,000 buildings citywide must undergo improvements For years, Angelenos have heard that the “big one” is coming. But are buildings able to withstand 6.7 or greater magnitude earthquake? And if they are, will the cost of retrofitting them get passed directly to tenants? The Los Angeles City Council is exploring ways to help property […]

Earthquake city: Landlords step up retrofits on at-risk apartments

About a quarter of all wood-frame apartment buildings have been strengthened, although owners in the Eastside still lag behind. Landlords in L.A. have been retrofitting vulnerable apartments to protect them against earthquakes (Credit: iStock) Landlords in fast-developing neighborhoods like Koreatown, Hollywood and Mid-City have been retrofitting an increasing number of vulnerable properties to strengthen them […]

LA landlords retrofitting 6K properties but thousands more still vulnerable: report

Around 5K buildings owners have not submitted retrofit plans to comply with the mandatory order, as Northridge quake’s 25th anniversary nears. A soft-story apartment building that collapsed on cars parked underneath it The Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake destroyed nearly 50,000 buildings across Los Angeles and a quarter century later, a citywide effort to retrofit […]

Earthquake city: Landlords step up retrofits on at-risk apartments

About a quarter of all wood-frame apartment buildings have been strengthened, although owners in the Eastside still lag behind. Landlords in L.A. have been retrofitting vulnerable apartments to protect them against earthquakes (Credit: iStock) Landlords in fast-developing neighborhoods like Koreatown, Hollywood and Mid-City have been retrofitting an increasing number of vulnerable properties to strengthen them […]

Earthquakes as jolting reminders: Many SoCal property owners have not completed retrofits

California saw a 7.1 magnitude quake Friday (Credit: iStock) The strong earthquakes that rumbled across Southern California last week rekindled concerns about whether property owners, homeowners and landlords are prepared enough for a potential catastrophic quake. Many owners of at-risk properties in Los Angeles have not completed mandated earthquake retrofits on those buildings, and just […]