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As court overturns a lot-splitting law, one early adopter asks why

As court overturns a lot-splitting law, one early adopter asks why

Sam Andreano is currently putting the finishing touches on his split-lot property in Whittier. He’s a guinea pig for state Senate Bill 9, a housing law that allows homeowners to divvy up their properties and build two or even four units on a once-single-family lot. Andreano, 59, was one of SB 9’s earliest adopters. He bought a single-family home for $790,000 in 2021, split the property in half and sold the existing home on half of the original lot for $777,777 in 2023 — essentially coming out with an empty lot for a little over $12,000, around what it would have cost in the 1970s. Then, Andreano spent around $400,000 building a home onto the back half of the original lot. He estimates it’ll be worth around $850,000 when it’s finished next month. The project was an absolute success; Andreano added density to a single-family lot and came out well financially. That’s why he was so shocked when an L.A. County judge struck down the law last month. Superior Court Judge Curtis Kin determined that …