fbpx

The Blog

City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) Mandatory Retrofitting Soft Story Program and the Tenant Habitability Plan (THP)

City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) Mandatory Retrofitting Soft Story Program and the Tenant Habitability Plan (THP)

In some of our previous blogs (see links at the end of this page) we discussed the requirements of the City of Los Angeles’ Soft Story Retrofit Program, which identified buildings vulnerable to structural failure both during and after an earthquake. In this blog, which is the second in the series on the City’s Soft Story Retrofit Program, we discuss the mandatory requirements of the City’s Tenant Habitability Program, as…

Los Angeles Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program

Los Angeles Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program

LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SAFETY (“LADBS”) MANDATORY RETROFIT SOFT STORY PROGRAM UNDER ORDINANCE 183893 AND ORDINANCE 184081. In some of our recent blogs (see link at the end of this page) we discussed seismic retrofitting and how commercial property owners can prepare for an earthquake. We touched briefly on the City of Los Angeles’ Soft Story Retrofit Program, which identified buildings vulnerable to structural failure both during and…

When Was The Last Time You Thought About Your Home’s Foundation

When Was The Last Time You Thought About Your Home’s Foundation

If you are a typical LA homeowner, you never think about your home’s foundation.  In fact, for most homeowners, the first time they pay attention to their home’s foundation is when their floors and walls are cracking, or when they are trying to sell the property and their buyer’s home inspector gives them the bad news that their foundation is damaged! Are foundation failures common? Yes, indeed, they are a…

Your Home May Be Slowly Sinking And Tearing Apart!

Your Home May Be Slowly Sinking And Tearing Apart!

For most homeowners, their home is their most valuable investment.  And yet so few homeowners are aware that their LA-built homes are constructed on shifting soil that doesn’t fare well under frequent earthquake activity.  It is imperative that LA homeowners remain vigilant and have a periodic, professional evaluation of their home to determine whether or not this most valuable property is in fact sinking or settling under its own weight. …

Damaged Home Foundations Are Seriously Dangerous

Damaged Home Foundations Are Seriously Dangerous

As a homeowner in the greater Los Angeles area, you may already be aware that the soil composition in our region, our alternating rainy-then-dry seasons, as well as our frequent earthquakes, often lead to serious structural problems in a home’s foundation.  Moreover, foundations of older homes are especially vulnerable to moisture, soil settlement, and seismic activity and can threaten the structure’s stability and in turn, the health and safety of…

Is your home built pre-1950S – you should definitely read this blog

Is your home built pre-1950S – you should definitely read this blog

Homes sit on top of foundations! The concept of building a home on top of a foundation has not changed in 100 or more years.  In fact, most homes in Los Angeles have been built on foundations whose job it is to keep the home safe from harm when a natural disaster hits, for example a flood, landslide, or earthquake. Modern foundations are made out of concrete which is mixed…

What Should You Do to Control Moisture and Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season?

What Should You Do to Control Moisture and Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season?

HERE’S YOUR CHECKLIST! The Fall period in our lovely city of Los Angeles is a wonderful season: the weather becomes more temperate, we start to wear a jacket at night when the temperatures drop, and we get our Halloween costumes and candy ready for trick or treating! For many of us, Fall is also a perfect time to prepare our home’s landscape and hardscape for the rainy season which will…

What will happen to Los Angelenos when “The Big One” hits?

What will happen to Los Angelenos when “The Big One” hits?

In the last few blogs, we tried to explain how recent earthquakes tripled the likelihood of a large rumbler happening on our nearby San Andreas Fault. Today we’d like to describe what will likely happen to Los Angelenos if the earthquake that we all have been waiting for, the one we call, “The Big One“, were to happen a year, a week, or in a minute from now. Are you…

Do you have an emergency preparedness earthquake kit? If not you should definitely put one together!

Do you have an emergency preparedness earthquake kit? If not you should definitely put one together!

In the last two blogs, we described how the recent July 30th 4.2-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks gave us all a stark reminder of just how dangerous our Los Angeles “neighborhood” really is. We also explained how last year’s Ridgecrest, CA earthquake tripled the likelihood of a large rumbler on the San Andreas Fault, which is just 35 miles away from downtown Los Angeles. Today we’d like to remind all…

As another earthquake hits Los Angeles, do you know of your home is ready to handle the next “Big One”?

As another earthquake hits Los Angeles, do you know of your home is ready to handle the next “Big One”?

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Los Angeles area Thursday, July 30th. The magnitude 4.2 earthquake centered near San Fernando struck at 4:29 am. Then aftershocks continued with a 3.3 quake at 4:38 and a 3.8 quake at 6:48. Just two weeks ago on this blog, we described how a new study published earlier this month explained that last year’s Ridgecrest, CA earthquake brought the Garlock Fault much closer to a…