What are Soft Story Buildings? These are multi-level structures built with a first floor that is much less rigid (soft) than the floors above, such as in an apartment with tuck under parking. They can and have failed in significant seismic activity due to unreinforced openings on the ground floor which caused far more movement than the soft story building could withstand, resulting in the upper floors COLLAPSING on top of it. A huge project to soft story retrofit Los Angeles has begun to help prevent this from occurring in the future.
Many people are confused about what the Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance means and how it affects them.
An ordinance amending Divisions 93 and 95 of Article I of Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code
FAQ's re: ordinance amending Divisions 93 and 95 of Article I of Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code
The City of Los Angeles has prescribed the avenues available to recover some of the costs from the tenants.