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Permitting Ain't Easy

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If you've never experienced the headache of buying a house with an illegal rental unit, the Los Angeles Business Journal has an Op-Ed from a homeowner who has. On his attempts to get the unit legalized: "Planning staff wouldn’t sign off on the new document because their administrator had issued the variance, not staff, so the administrator would have to sign off. He couldn’t: He was killed in the Metrolink accident. The new administrators (several over the years) refused to sign, or meet with me or my architect."