Dotty Elaine Lemieux’s Answers

Dotty Elaine Lemieux

San Rafael Land Use / Zoning Attorney.

Contributor Level 11
  1. Does the CRA have anything to do with residential property in Los Angeles insofar as inspecting for violations/approving inspect

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Nicholas Basil Spirtos
    3. Ryan Vancil Esq
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to call the Community Development Department to see what needs to be done in a redevelopment area. They will tell you who has jurisdiction over the permitting of this unit, and if you can make it legal, cost, etc.

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  2. Are there any laws or regulations which prevent the employees of a business from parking in a Residential neighborhood?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    3. Brandy Ann Peeples
    3 lawyer answers

    Generally, there are no rights to park in the street in front of your home. But there may be preferential parking permits for residents. And there are usually parking limits so people can't stay there all day. Call the City and find out what those are, if any. Then you might want to get with the other residents and see if the City will make yours a permit parking area. That would usually allow all day parking for your parents, but short time parking for others.

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  3. Can I sue the city for not tearing down a even fencing off a run down building.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Nicholas Basil Spirtos
    3. Philip M. Block
    3 lawyer answers

    Lots to do before suing. It may be blighted and bring down property values and causing a public safety hazard. You may also want to contact the building's owner for maintaining a nuisance. You can find that information at your County recorder's office. I assume you've alerted your building department and public health? Called the police when people were using your hose? Call your county Commissioner if it's in the County, or if you are in the City, you would call the City Council. Good luck.

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  4. How far do a community's or individuals rights extend when an old building is set for demolition?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Ryan Dooley Moroney
    3. Victor Murray Hwang
    3 lawyer answers

    There is a historical landmark association I believe. Certainly the Planning Commission should have weighed in by now. It may be it went though these hoops. Did you receive notice of any hearings? Was there an environmental review? If it's already set for demolition, it's likely all those steps have taken place. Call the City to find out. If not, maybe the owner is flying under the radar and you should let the City know asap.

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  5. City filed motion to perm. enjoin property owner because of zoning law, defendant filed cross complaint for inverse condem help!

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. David Herman Hirsch
    3. Ryan Vancil Esq
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm wondering if your house was built with permits, was ever legal, what the former zoning was? This sounds very strange. The County can rezone, but I haven't heard about them doing so without paying compensation through an eminent domain proceeding, once a house exists under the old zoning. You will need an attorney experienced in eminent domain or land use, due process law. Check with the bar for a referral.

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  6. Does the CRA/LA have anything to do with issuing/approving building permits,rental registration certificates and Cof Occupancies

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Ryan Vancil Esq
    2 lawyer answers

    It sounds as if your friend is in a redevelopment district. She may well need their sign off before a permit is issued. Have her call the Planning Department for clarification. I assume her inspector was private. Whether or not an illegally built unit is in compliance and a permit can be issued will depend on a number of factors, not simply bringing it up to code. She may need to consult a land use attorney if the PD cannot give her a straight answer or there are more issues. Without...

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  7. What are my options if I own property in Texas that is worth less than the taxes incurred each year?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Timothy V. Kassouni
    3. John P Corrigan
    4. Ryan Vancil Esq
    4 lawyer answers

    Is the property buildable? Is it useful for a school or other non-profit? If so, a donation might be to your benefit. I would not just let it go for taxes. You might see if you can donate to the City, or maybe to a neighbor who would have more land, sell for 1 dollar; but I do not recommend letting it just go for back taxes. It might adversely affect your credit at the very least. You might contact a local real estate attorney for more specific advice.

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  8. Is it illegal to prohibit the use of bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. in an apartment courtyard?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Ryan Vancil Esq
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    3 lawyer answers

    These uses could be prohibited for the reasons stated above. TO see see if they are, read your CCR's. If you are trying o get them prohibited, you may need to enlist the aid of your neighbors to pass a change to the CCR's.

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  9. Does leasing land from a neighbor not adjacent to ours fulfill the 2 acre or more requirement for ag zoning laws?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Jack Richard Lebowitz
    3. Ryan Vancil Esq
    3 lawyer answers

    You don't specify if you are in the County or the City. If in the County, the Sonoma ordinances would apply; if in the City, the City Municipal Code would apply. Either way, it is unlikely that leasing land offsite would qualify under any situation. If you'd like a consultation, I am in Marin County but work in Sonoma as well.

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  10. My neighbor built a deck 1 ft from my fence, with electrical, with his sitting area above fence

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. David Herman Hirsch
    2. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    3. Timothy V. Kassouni
    4. Jack Richard Lebowitz
    4 lawyer answers

    Very unlikely your local code allows him to build so close to your property. Check the Frenso municipal code if you are in the city or the County code if you are in the County. He would have likely had to get permits, and in any event, it sounds like you may have an action for nuisance. Check your codes, call the community development department. They may be able to have the deck abated if it is in violation. If not, you may need to talk to a lawyer about the nuisance issue. I assume you have...

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