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Old 06-22-2008, 01:39 PM
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For example - there cannot be 8 people cramped into a 500 sq foot apartment. Does anyone know where to find this information?
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:16 PM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I once heard something like the maximum number of people per home can't be more then (number of bedrooms X 2) + 1.

So a 3 BR home can't have more than 7 people.

Last edited by Charles; 06-22-2008 at 02:37 PM..
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:34 PM
Location: RSM
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yea, that sounds about right charles. studios must have different rules though
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:40 PM
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I once asked Building & Safety Code Enforcement about this, wanting to know how people got around this with the "clown houses" (dwellings with what any sane person would agree is way too many people in them.) B&S said that there is no limit on "family members" so that was the loophole well known to people who move here to work the system.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:46 PM
Location: Southern California
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The best resource would be to contact the City of Los Angeles' Building Department (or whatever the department actually call itself) and find out what the maximum occupancy is for the type of building/use in question.

The keyword is OCCUPANCY.

If this is an apartment, the number of people allowed in a given space will be dictated by various factors. For example, fire sprinklers, proximity to exits (from the entire building, not just the tenant space), proximity to other buildings, date of construction, etc.

I don't know if it is possible to insist on an inspection, but you could give it a try. Also, stress the FIRE SAFETY aspect of your inquiry. Do not talk about immigration status, ethnicity, or any of the hot button words that might get you a stonewall response.

Another solution is to ask the question as if it was YOU who was proposing to have 7 people living with you. Ask things like do you need to have a fire extinguisher, do you need clearly marked exits, etc. etc.

This issue is a political football and City agencies are subject to scrutiny if they 'investigate' a problem the wrong way (which in many instances is the right way).

You have to think smart and ask indirect questions. Good luck.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:11 PM
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Default 200 ft^2 per person

according to this link:

Los Angeles City Maximum Occupancy Law:
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:37 AM
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Default Maximum Occupancy

1 person per 200 sq. feet is the legal maximim occupancy for Los Angeles City apartment rental units. My source comes from a Lawyer's website who was previously the head of the Apartment Association. I am now in search of the exact section code for this law, and I am told that it comes under Building and Safery codes. So far, I cannot get answers by phone on the matter. Hope this helps! & p l e a s e, post if you find the section code...
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:29 PM
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Depends where you live....
South Los Angeles, pack 'em in like sardines, no one cares.
Westside, you're neighbors might snitch.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:38 PM
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what about codes in Chicago? anyone have any info? I have read 2 per bedroom?
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