Unpermitted Guesthouses

Do You Have an unpermitted Guesthouse?

“Guest House: A dwelling containing not more than five guest rooms or suites of rooms, but with no kitchen facilities.” (Definitions offered up by the City of Los Angeles Municipal Code)

In the city of Los Angeles, non-permitted guesthouses are on just about every block. Some more obvious than others, all non-permitted additions/changes must have plans and permits in order to be legal.

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The first thing you should note is that all changes to a property over the amount of $300.00 need a permit. Many clients who engage work with us did not do the work or even knew non-permitted construction existed until they were cited by the Los Angeles Building & Safety Department. Legalizing a garage conversion could mean restoring the room back into a garage. Legalizing an non-permitted guesthouse could mean restoring back to its original permitted use or worse; demolition.

The problem for most homeowners with non-permitted structures is the possibility of losing space they consider part of their home or an income-producing supplement of their livelihood (renting). In order to find out what can be done to keep the existing non-permitted construction and its use, due diligence must take place. All zoning, parking, setback, height and lot size requirements must be met. In addition, your property might be subject to special conditions that limit the amount of change that can be legally made.

After reading this, if you feel you need or want more help or expertise, please call us for your FREE telephone consultation:
  • We will go over the facts, ask questions, and review the papers you have
  • Explain your legal rights and your obligations
  • Answer all of your questions
  • Discuss our services with you
  • Provide you with information to empower you
  • We will prepare a Property Analysis Report and concentrate on correcting an issue. We look at what further can be expanded upon.

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