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Plan to legalize 'bootlegged' L.A. apartments advances in City Council

Plan to legalize 'bootlegged' L.A. apartments advances in City Council

Illegal or “bootlegged” apartments — dwellings that were created without city permits — could soon get a smoother path to legalization as Los Angeles lawmakers grapple with a housing crisis that has priced many Angelenos out of decent, affordable homes. The City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with a plan to make the process of legalizing bootlegged apartments swifter and easier, and asked city lawyers to start drafting an ordinance. Councilman Felipe Fuentes, who championed the plan, said the city needs to bring such units out of the shadows. “There is a housing crisis and an absolute need here,” Fuentes said. The idea was born out of an...

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