Homeowners Could Be Forced To Pay For Sidewalk Repairs

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The city’s new sidewalk repair plan would force homeowners to fix broken concrete in front of their properties.

The Los Angeles City Council heard from critics of its new proposal at a public works committee meeting on Wednesday.

The city has been repairing sidewalks for decades, but one councilmember says a new law would make homeowners liable for repairs the city can no longer afford to fix.

A report presented at the hearing estimates repairs could cost the average homeowner $3,000 to $7,000.

The committee held off on a decision, but voted to study the issue further.

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  1. firethemall says:

    It’s city property, then can pay to fix and maintain it, as always has been done. That is part of what we pay property taxes for!

    Hey, if it’s the homeowners property and liability, I’d say the better solution is to block access so people can not injure themselves on someone’s property. Yeah, that will go down well with the public.

  2. Karen says:

    When I lived in Michigan as a young child, our house was on the street corner and residents of my tiny little city wanted sidewalks.

    My father paid for the portion of the sidewalk on our property.

    In Beverly Hills, they definitely need to pay. THEY REFUSE TO LET ANYONE PARK IN FRONT OF THEIR HOMES AND GET THE PARKING BUREAU TO ISSUE TICKETS ALL THE TIME.

    You want the property so bad, YOU PAY FOR THE SIDEWALK REPAIRS PROPERTY OWNER.

    I actually don’t think it is city property. The city was probably granted an easement, but it’s NOT the city’s property.

    Property owners – pay up – because I want my tax money to be spent on Measure R.

    1. Westside says:

      If home owners have to pay for the sidewalk/are liable for the sidewalk, then they should have the discretion to build or do anything else they want with that property as well. If the city wants to raise money, create more permit parking neighborhoods – that will give an incentive to reduce the number of cars parked on city streets and it will help reduce congestion of small streets cluttered with cars that should be parked off-street.

    2. Law Man says:

      Actually Karen, you may “think” the property is not city property, but you would be wrong. The LA Muni Code states that the sidewalks and parkways are city property. in fact, the city reserves the right to cite homeowners who cut down trees in the parkway based on the fact that the city owns (and claims to) maintain that property.

      If the city was granted an easement – who do you suppose granted the easement? Do you think each homeowner happened to agree to an easement? That doesn’t make any sense.

      And what does parking in front of homes in Beverly Hills have to do with maintaining sidewalks? That’s a completely seperate issue that deals with parking, not sidewalk maintenance.

  3. shutup says:

    I do concrete work, how about I do my own repairs and the a$$hole city council pays me.

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