WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood is asking for landlords and tenants to partake in a short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wehoseismic about landlord/tenant cost sharing for seismic retrofitting rent stabilized properties.

According to the city of West Hollywood website, protecting residents and rent stabilized housing are top priorities for the City. At present, landlords can file for a rent increase if building operation costs, including costs for seismic retrofitting, exceed rent collected. West Hollywood is seeking input on an alternative to possible rent increases.

In 2017, the West Hollywood City Council adopted two Ordinances establishing a framework for the seismic retrofit of three types of existing buildings. A significant earthquake will not only affect life safety, but loss of shelter and substantial economic loss. West Hollywood has taken a proactive approach by addressing seismic deficiencies in existing buildings.

In April 2018, the city uploaded, to its online open data portal, a visual survey of properties subject to the Ordinances. Property owners will be required to demonstrate that their buildings are in compliance with the Ordinances or will be mandated to seismic retrofit their buildings. The intent is to promote life safety and reduce the risk of collapse during a significant earthquake.

For additional details, visit www.weho.org/seismic. For more information, contact City of West Hollywood’s Rent Stabilization and Housing Manager, Peter Noonan, at (323) 848-6596 or at pnoonan@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, call TTY (323) 848-6496.

Written By Kelsey Thomas