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New debate over LA mansionization

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POSTED May 5, 2014 6:52 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawmakers in Los Angeles made news six years ago when they put limits on renovated houses they called “homes on steroids.” Now they are being told that law is failing because it has too many loopholes.

As builders buy smaller, older homes, raze them and replace them with mansion-like houses, homeowners complain it’s destroying the feel of established neighborhoods, depressing prices and reigniting bitter fence fights.

Neighborhood groups tell the Los Angeles Times the rules are too porous. Designers get extra square feet for being environmentally friendly or having certain scaling on home facades and upper floors.

Builder Amnon Edri says if city code allows a project and you want a bigger house, you should have a bigger house because this is America, a free country.

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