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25th of Dec, 2011 by User279043
My husband and I have lived in our 1930's Hollywood bungalow for fifty years. West Hollywood building inspector Mr. Jeff Jones has condemned it as uninhabitable by modern day standards. He told us in a visit West Hollywood does not recognize the word Grandfathered. Our bungalow is small under 2000 square feet and was built in the early 1930's. We have maintained it over the decades replacing the cold water plumbing and upgrading the electrical from fuse box to breaker panel. We paint
the outside of our home every five or six years. My husband is retired and our income is very minimal. We do not maintain a garden but have a few trees and bushes in the front yard. All the years under the County of Los Angeles they
never demanded we open our doors for an inspection. A year ago I was served a notice by the City of West Hollywood that my wooden fence was inappropriate and had to be replaced or removed. I responded in writing that it had been there since 1960 when we purchased our home and no one had ever complained. The City's responded by sending me a notice I had to open up the entire property for inspection in 30 days. Hence came Mr. Jones who walked through my entire home writing down notes. When my husband asked if there were any problems his response was yes, many problems you will be notified. We were notified and the list was enormous demanding among just a few things: we replace all the romex wiring which had been done by a contractor fifty years ago. The interior water heater had to be moved to outside the house. Our rear bedroom windows were too small and had to be enlarged and replaced to meet code. Our garage which was converted before we purchased the property to a pretty little guest house was to be converted back to a garage. The front yard fence was to be demolished because the gap between struts were to close together. There were twenty five additional code violations cited too many to list here. My husband called Mr. Jones for a meeting in our home to review the citations. We told Mr. Jones all the citations were not fair as we purchased the home and the garage conversion had already been done, the bedroom windows were as we purchased the house and the wiring was done when under the County of Los Angeles. His response was shocking. He said he did not believe us and we would have to prove we did not make the renovations after the City of West Hollywood had formed. He said there were no permits on file and as far as he was concerned if we did not make the
repairs the City might have our home demolished. My husband became very agitated and tried arguing but Mr. Jones raised his voice and said, "I have a job to do and if you want to save your home just comply." Soon after Mr. Jones left my husband started to have a problem breathing and suffered a heart attack. He is in the hospital now and the doctors do not give him a good chance of recovery. Our family attorney plans on bringing a lawsuit
against the City but is holding off to see if there are other complaints filed with West Hollywood Concerned Citizens our local group representing owners in West Hollywood. Our attorney says it might be better to file a class action
lawsuit. He said to me the lawsuit could ask for $100,000,000.00 to compensate others. Please leave a rebuttal here if you also had a visit from Mr. Jones or other inspectors.
4340 days ago by Robert The Red
City of West Hollywood Landlords, it is time to share the wealth
It is because of you there no longer is a middle class. You suck up the wealth leaving us nowhere to rise except work a job nine to five with no future. I am a former City of West Hollywood employee laid off because of people like you; rich, greedy and wanting to raise rents in our city till no one can afford an apartment or commercial space. So now it’s time to let you into a deep West Hollywood secret: A large majority of both employees and some council members have talked about a six point program to solve this issue. We must first overcome the CA state issue that outlines rent control. We must convince the congress in Sacramento to allow each city to set guidelines for rent control. We call it the Six Point Program. Most council members do not feel the time is right to promote it but I do! Here are our thoughts:
1 Rents shall be predetermined for every landlord. A one bedroom apartments rent shall be determined by size and amenities. As an example a one bedroom apartment with 1000 square feet shall be set at no more than $1000 or $1 per foot. Older buildings with small apartments shall conform to $1 per square foot.
2 Should the apartment not have air conditioning it shall not rent for more than eighty cents a foot. Should it lack other amenities further reductions shall apply based on a decision by West Hollywood Rent Stabilization.
3. Suspended Rent: should a person man or woman lose their job all rent shall be suspended until such time that person finds work. Landlord’s course of action in this case will be to find an insurance policy to cover such loss like Lloyds of London. Failure to comply will result in fines to be determined by Rent Stabilization.
4. Maintenance (interior) of properties in West Hollywood: building inspectors shall have entry to all apartments and commercial spaces once a year or more if needed. All needed repairs will be noted and failure to make repairs will result in a fine of not less than $1000 per incident, compounded every three days till work is completed and approved.
5. Maintenance (exterior) Building inspectors will note the exterior appearance of all properties, residential and commercial and issue warnings regarding paint and landscaping. Failure to maintain exteriors will result in fines starting at $5000 for residence and $10, 000 for commercial including apartments. Fines will double each thirty days until the property is in compliance.
6. Right to litigate all issues by landlords will not be allowed. Anyone owning rental property in the City of West Hollywood must have a license renewable each year and waive any litigation against the city. Failure to sign this agreement will result in the owner not being able to rent their property. Should any landlord attempt to rent their property in “secret” the property shall be forfeited to the city.
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