Category Archives: Local laws and ordinances
Property owners have more rights and power than they realize to stop McMansion; to object to a neighbor’s construction plans; and to otherwise challenge Department of Building & Safety decisions. Many homeowners in Los Angeles and elsewhere object to … Continue reading
Earlier this year, we posted about a view rights dispute in Malibu. A New York couple stirred up a storm when they proposed tearing down a Bart Prince-designed home to be replaced by apparently a faux-Tuscan mansion. The neighbors opposed the … Continue reading
It is time to change California law so as to provide property owners with some basic view rights. English common law long ago recognized the doctrine of “ancient lights,” under which a landowner acquired, by interrupted user, an easement over … Continue reading
A new article by local architect Richard Blumenberg, AIA will be up on the main website in the next few days.
On April 12, 2011, the Second District of the Court of Appeal issued its decision in City of Los Angeles v. Superior Court (Plotkin), Cite as B225082 Full text http://www.metnews.com/sos.cgi?0411%2FB225082. The case provides a good overview of inverse condemnation law. … Continue reading
There is another tool in the view rights arsenal: On April 6, 2011, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed new Baseline Hillside Ordinance (“BHO”) (also commonly referred to as the Hillside Mansionization Ordinance), which goes into effect on May 9, … Continue reading