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Homeowners to pay for sidewalk repairs?

February 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
If you live in Los Angeles, you may soon be responsible for repairing the broken sidewalk in front of your home.The Los Angeles City Council is looking at a proposal that would force homeowners to pay to repair their sidewalks or pay the city a fee when they sell their property before escrow closes.

The average cost for each homeowner could be as much as $15 per square foot of sidewalk.

Officials say they need to address a backlog of repairs.

Opponents of the plan say this will complicate the real estate market and leave sellers unloading their property at a loss.


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