Los Angeles Commercial property owners have been notified by mail by the City of Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney that they have violated the L.A. Municipal Code Section 12.21A1a with respect to their mandatory compliance with the City of Los Angeles Soft Story ordinances.
About Weinstein ConstructionWeinstein Construction Corporation is a family-owned business located right in the heart of “Earthquake Country,” the San Fernando Valley! Our company was established in 1977 by its owner and president, Itzcik Weinstein, who himself is a local homeowner, as well as husband, father, and a general contractor to residents of the greater Los Angeles region. Itzcik and his team bring a unique commitment to every job, leveraging their many decades of knowledge, experience, and a “can do” attitude to meet every client’s needs. No job is too small, and we will always offer you the best possible solution at a fair price!
THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA SOFT STORY RETROFITTING PROGRAM During the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the City of Santa Monica was hit hard, losing about 1,500 apartments, or about 5% of the city’s inventory of apartments. Many of the damaged structures were wood-framed “Soft Story” multi-family residential apartment buildings, with car port parking on their ground floor, and above, apartment units supported by skinny poles which [...]
When you ask homeowners in the greater Los Angeles area what our weather is typically like, the answer is that we are known for having sunny skies and a mild, Mediterranean-like climate! At the same time, our region does experience a unique phenomenon known as the “Rainy Season”, which occurs from about late Autumn to Early spring. These months bring much-needed refreshing rain to our [...]
Welcome to the fourth blog in our 4 part series, which provides owners of condominium buildings, as well as multi-unit residential apartment buildings, with information about their obligation to conduct balcony inspections and repairs, as required by the State of California’s “Balcony Inspection Laws”, also known as Senate Bills 326 and 721. These two laws require the inspection and repair of damaged wood-framed “Exterior Elevated [...]
Welcome to the third blog in a series of four, designed to help owners of multi-unit residential apartment buildings, as well as condominium buildings, understand their legally-mandated responsibilities to conduct balcony inspections and repairs! We are, of course, referring to the requirements of California’s “Balcony Inspection Laws”, otherwise known as Senate Bills 326 and 721. These laws require safety inspections and repair of damaged wood-framed [...]
This is the second blog in a series of four blogs that we will publish over the next few weeks, all having to do with the upcoming mandatory obligation of owners of multi-family residential apartment buildings and condominiums in the City of Los Angeles to conduct a thorough safety inspection and repair (if necessary) of their buildings’ wood-framed balconies and other exterior elevated elements (“EEE”) [...]
This is the first blog in a series of four blogs that we will publish over the next few weeks, all having to do with the upcoming legal requirement for residential and commercial apartment buildings in the City of Los Angeles to undertake mandatory safety inspections of balconies and other exterior elevated elements (“EEE”) such as decks, stairways, and walkways, and to repair such EEE, [...]
Why does my home need basement waterproofing? As you well know, in just the last six months, multiple severe rain events hit Southern California homeowners like a sledgehammer. Homeowners in the Greater Los Angeles area were particularly hard-hit by days and days of “atmospheric rivers” in March 2023, and then again, another knock-out punch by Tropical Storm Hillary, which hit in August of the same [...]
If you live in a residential apartment building or a condo building in Greater Los Angeles, you probably also have an outside balcony which provides you with an outdoor recreational space. Moreover, your building probably also has multiple other “exterior elevated elements” (“EEE”) in the form of decks, stairways, and walkways, which rely in whole or in part on wood structural supports. All balconies and [...]
On April 25, 2023, registration opened for the Earthquake Soft Story (“ESS”) pilot program! This unique government program offers free-money grants of up to $13,000 to eligible Los Angeles homeowners that goes toward a seismic retrofit of their “Soft Story” home, which is defined as a home with at least one floor of living space that is built above a garage. Such homes are especially [...]