- City Exemptions: Don't Count On Them - LBPM – City Exemptions: Don’t Count On Them – City Exemptions: Don’t Count On Them

LOS ANGELES—Robert Lopata, president and co-founder of property management firm LBPM, has increased the units at many of his properties by converting existing square footage into legal units, and going through Building & Safety for approval. If landlords can meet all requirements, which may include safety upgrades or adding additional parking, then the Building & Safety department is almost sure to approve the unit. If you can’t meet the requirements, the alternative is to go through the variance process with the Planning Commission to get an exemption, but don’t count on it.


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