northridge earthquake

by Jodi Summers The Los Angeles City Council has agreed that renters and apartment owners must share the financial burden of earthquake retrofitting equally. According to the L.A. Times, “After many housing studies and heated meetings with landlord and tenant groups, city staff proposed a compromise that the City Council unanimously voted to move forward: […]

dingbat wanting retrofit

by Jodi Summers As if the apartment rental situation in Los Angeles is not tenuous enough for you…just wait…the first phase of the city’s massive earthquake retrofitting project is about to begin. The Department of Building and Safety has compiled the official list of apartment buildings most at risk of collapse, landlords get notice in […]

Beautiful Lincoln (3)

by Jodi Summers Murals, sculptures and landscaping are all ways for a neighborhood to forge a collective identity, stimulate learning, instill a sense of pride and invites business. Thank you to the Santa Monica grass roots movement, Beautify Lincoln, giving vibrancy to the long-dreary LiNC. Since 2012, this team of volunteer artists have painted murals […]

who is renting in Los Angeles

by Jodi Summers If you’re renting a well-priced rent control unit in Santa Monica, relish it, because reasonable rents have gone away. If you’re a landlord with a vacant unit by the beach…take pleasure. A recent report by Zumper and LA Curbed study concludes that downtown Santa Monica continues to be the most expensive place […]

by Jodi Summers Green loans have finally arrived for multifamily properties. Fannie Mae’s Green Rewards is a multifamily financing option that helps owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives invest in energy- and water-cost saving improvements. These investments should improve the value of multifamily properties and lower utility costs, saving money for both property owners and […]

energy efficient

edited by Jodi Summers Americans’ energy-conservation efforts -from switching bulbs to upgrading washing machines and air conditioners – have done more to reduce carbon emissions than the increased use of solar, wind and natural gas. Wait, this gets easier folks…metrics pouring in from utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are concluding that the […]