Los Angeles and Santa Monica have enacted ordinances which require landlords to retrofit their apartment buildings with tucked parking, or soft story’s, but you probably know this already.

Since both municipalities have set time lines for completing this work, it is in your best interest to act quickly. As we get closer to the deadlines, contractor demand will increase, so pricing will increase.

Likewise, if you are thinking of selling, waiting is not the answer.

Check with the City of Los Angeles or City of Santa Monica for details about your building.

Below are some useful links:


The City of LA has established a group to answer your questions, along with posting information to their website. You may contact them here or access their website for more information:

Soft-Story Retrofit Unit
201 N. Figueroa St, 8th floor, Suite 890
(213) 482-SOFT (7638)
(213) 202-9924
Email: [email protected]



Santa Monica has established the most strict Soft Story Ordinance in the country. For more information, please see the City of Santa Monica Website. For your convenience, here is the page regarding Soft Story:


Santa Monica has also established a seismic team to answer your questions. You can reach them here:

Santa Monica Building and Safety Division

Phone: (310) 458-8355
Email: [email protected]

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