Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles City Council’s Housing Committee instructed staffers Wednesday to report back on how much Mayor Eric Garcetti’s earthquake retrofit proposal will cost Los Angeles tenants and landlords.

Garcetti in December unveiled a plan that called for requiring certain older homes to be reinforced against earthquakes.

The proposed mandates would apply to soft-story apartments, which are built atop carports, and brittle concrete buildings, constructed prior to 1980, when the city began requiring earthquake reinforcements on new construction.

At issue could be whether or to what degree landlords would be allowed to pass the costs onto renters. Some property owners are also asking city officials to look into doing away with the city’s rent control law, which they say makes it difficult for them to come up with the funds to pay for the seismic retrofits.

City officials will also look into a statewide program that could provide loans to property owners to do the retrofit projects.

The issue is scheduled to be discussed again in 30 days in the Housing Committee.

City News Service

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