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Amnesty for bootlegged apartments
Amnesty for bootlegged apartments

In the city of Los Angeles, which has more renters than homeowners and some of the highest rents in the country, it's not surprising that a market exists for so-called bootlegged apartments, extra units carved out of existing apartments and common areas in multi-unit buildings. They are illegal but generally affordable. Now, an unlikely alliance of landlords and tenants is urging city officials to consider granting amnesty to these unpermitted apartments as long as property owners bring them up to safety codes and do not pass on those costs to renters. That's a smart approach. The city's Department of Housing discovers about 600 to 700 of these unpermitted units each year,...

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