As of August 1st, 2017, the City’s “Safe Sidewalks LA” program now gives both residential and commercial property owners $10,000 towards their sidewalk repairs. This is significantly more than the previous payout, which was $2,000 for residential real estate owners and $4,000 for commercial.
To be eligible for the $10,000 “rebate”, property owners should apply to participate, pay for their repairs, get them certified and then receive “up to” $10,000.
It will be interesting to see how this goes. Los Angeles Trip and Fall attorney Allen Vaysberg recently wrote about Los Angeles sidewalk injuries, how they began, and why most people injured on dangerous sidewalks usually have to sue the City and/or homeowners to collect compensation.
Maybe the new rebate cap will indeed compensate sidewalk owners and spur them into action, or maybe some people will continue to blame the city for the broken sidewalks due to things such as tree roots from City trees damaging them.
Time will tell.