I own a 4-unit building in Long Beach (with an illegal unit in the back). When we bought this building, the illegal unit was rented, and we continued to rent it after we bought it until we received a Notice from the City saying we could not rent it, with an order to pay the tenants to move, so we haven't been renting it for years now.
We have heard that the City is now allowing garages that were illegal to be re-instated, and allowing owners to rent these units.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do to petition the City to re-instate these illegal units?
I would call the dirty and ask them what you need to do to get the unit reinstated. They'd be your best source for this particular matter.
At least one habitable room in the dwelling must have a floor area of at least 120 square feet. The minimum required floor area for a habitable room is 70 square feet, except that kitchens shall have not less than 50 square feet of gross floor area.
You should be able to get it permitted if you do some as-built drawings and if the lot is zoned for more than the 4 units. But a simple call to the city will get you the answer.
@Candida Rosas what you are talking about is AB2299/SB1069 for the state of California. You can convert a garage into a second unit on a R1 property. every city has its own ordinance. R2-R3 if you only have one unit less. If it is allowable you must get "before" drawings get them to planning and wait for permits to build to 2017 Code. if its over 500 you need title 24 to meet code.