Changing Neighborhoods & Affordability |

A new framework for legitimizing LA’s illegal apartments

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| City officials approved a plan to legalize unpermitted units — as long as landlords provide affordable housing. They say it'll help the city's housing crunch.

Most LA homes still valued below housing bubble peaks

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In Los Angeles County, just a third of homes are worth more than they were at pre-recession peaks. In Orange County, this is less than a quarter. And in the Inland Empire, it's just 3 percent.

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Councilmember seeks Silver Lake, Echo Park building restrictions

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Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell is proposing stricter building regulations for parts of Silver Lake and Echo Park, both part of his district.

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Bill would block CA landlords from threatening tenants with deportation

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A bill from Assemblymember David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would bar landlords from making threats against tenants using their undocumented immigration status.

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'Bad' loans dog homeowners years after housing crisis

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More than half of today's foreclosures originated with loans made in the heady years before the housing bubble burst, according to RealtyTrac's Daren Blomquist.

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Scientists document vanishing trees, greenery from LA area

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Trees and other greenery in the single-family neighborhoods of the Los Angeles area fell between 14 and 55 percent between 2000 and 2009.

LA considers tenant harassment crackdown

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Housing advocates say landlords are pressuring tenants to move out through different means, including by refusing to make repairs.

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LA affordable housing fee called 'a freight train'

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Mayor Eric Garcetti urged the City Council in his State of the City speech to impose a fee on developers for affordable housing. But not all in the city are on board.

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