Neil Shekhter – new restrictions could limit size and stop hillside development

Neil Shekhter – NMS Properties

Per Neil Shekhter the new restrictions could limit size and stop hillside development

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Angelenos are filing en masse to build granny flats before new city-wide restrictions go into effect.  Neil Shekhter 

More than 50 applications to build granny flats were filed with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety since the start of 2017. That’s more than the annual average for the last decade, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.

The L.A. City Council is expected to vote on new regulations that would limit the size of granny flats and could prevent them being built at hillside properties.

City residents have long converted garages and other parts of their houses into rental units or granny flats, often illegally. The new state ordinance offers a path to legalization but comes with caveats. The new regulations could limit the size to 640 square feet, or 50 percent of the total floor area of the main residence on a lot up to 1,200 square feet.  Neil Shekhter 

“We’re trying to rush as quickly as we can to get them permitted so that they can use these assets and not lose the money they’re spending on architectural structural services,” Venice architect Isabelle Duvivier told the Business Journal. [LABJ]Cathaleen Che







In 2006, Donald Trump made plans to purchase the Menie Estate, near Aberdeen, Scotland, aiming to convert the dunes and grassland into a luxury golf resort. He and the estate’s owner, Tom Griffin, sat down to discuss the transaction at the Cock & Bull restaurant. Griffin recalls that Trump was a hard-nosed negotiator, reluctant to give in on even the tiniest details. But, as Michael D’Antonio writes in his recent biography of Trump, Never Enough, Griffin’s most vivid recollection of the evening pertains to the theatrics. It was as if the golden-haired guest sitting across the table were an actor playing a part on the London stage.  Neil Shekhter 

“It was Donald Trump playing Donald Trump,” Griffin observed. There was something unreal about it.

The same feeling perplexed Mark Singer in the late 1990s when he was working on a profile of Trump for The New Yorker. Singer wondered what went through his mind when he was not playing the public role of Donald Trump. What are you thinking about, Singer asked him, when you are shaving in front of the mirror in the morning? Trump, Singer writes, appeared baffled. Hoping to uncover the man behind the actor’s mask, Singer tried a different tack:

“O.K., I guess I’m asking, do you consider yourself ideal company?” Neil Shekhter 

“You really want to know what I consider ideal company?,” Trump replied. “A total piece of ass.”

I might have phrased Singer’s question this way: Who are you, Mr. Trump, when you are alone? Singer never got an answer, leaving him to conclude that the real-estate mogul who would become a reality-TV star and, after that, a leading candidate for president of the United States had managed to achieve something remarkable: “an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul.” Neil Shekhter 

Is Singer’s assessment too harsh? Perhaps it is, in at least one sense. As brainy social animals, human beings evolved to be consummate actors whose survival and ability to reproduce depend on the quality of our performances. We enter the world prepared to perform roles and manage the impressions of others, with the ultimate evolutionary aim of getting along and getting ahead in the social groups that define who we are. Neil Shekhter 


Neil Shekhter is the CEO and Founder of NMS Properties, Inc., a prominent Los Angeles-based property management company.  NMS’s portfolio of mixed use commercial and multi-family properties are well-known in populated Southern California locales such as Santa Monica, the Wilshire Corridor, Brentwood, Sawtelle Japantown and the San Fernando Valley.