Here is a bunch of information from the city website:
What is the process for Soft Story Retrofitting?
The first step in the Soft Story Retrofit process is to hire a structural engineer to analyze your building. Most Soft Story Retrofit companies will have an in-house structural engineer or work very closely with an outside Structural Engineering company so you can just approach the Soft Story Retrofit company directly. I have compiled a Los Angeles Structural Engineer list to help you find one.
Based on the evaluation by the Structural Engineer, they will tell you what you need to do to meet the soft story retrofit requirements. Some of the common things they recommend are: adding Shear Walls, adding steel frame to reinforce the soft areas of the building, adding brackets to the framing, Anchoring walls to the foundation, and increasing the size of supports.
How much does a Soft Story Retrofit Cost?
The cost varies by the size of the building and the method used to reinforce it. A good Retrofit cost Estimate is 5K – 10K / per unit. I recommend to get 3 bids from soft-story retrofit companies (see names on Soft Story Retrofit Companies list below). The average project cost is $30,000 to $60,000 for small to midsize buildings and $80,000 to $120,000 for large ones. Permit fees are $800 to $1,000.
FYI – The city allows landlords to recover 50% of the total retrofit cost by raising rents.
How Long do you have to complete a Soft Story Retrofit?
Los Angeles 7 Years, Santa Monica 5 years, West Hollywood 5 years.
How Long Does a Soft Story Retrofit Take?
The most quickly a Soft Story Retrofit can be done is 40 -60 days. Some owners decide to move more slowly. Soft Story Retrofit Ordinances have different timelines for a structural engineer review, beginning and finishing construction. Since retrofitting is a large expense- cities allow up to 3 – 4 years to complete the retrofit.
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Los Angeles Soft Story Retrofit Company List