Welcome To Retro Experts – We provide an A to Z, all-inclusive soft-story retrofitting services 

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During our free consultation meeting we will survey your property and provide a suggested scope of work, timeline, and price.

Structural Engineering

Our structural engineers specialize in complying with the Soft Story Retrofit Mandate and can help you get the compliance process started efficiently and cost-effectively.


We offer a variety of financing options for property owners affected by the new soft story retrofit mandate in the city of Los Angeles. 

Tenant Habitability Plan

Design a practical accommodation plan and apply for the THP according to LADBS requirements.​


Once plans are approved and permits are obtained, in-house contractors will begin implementation and work around the clock to deliver projects quickly and efficiently.

Cost Recovery Program

We submit a Cost Recovery application with all required documentations to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) within 2 months of final inspection and compliance approval by Building and Safety inspector.


  • Angel V

    Los Angeles CA
    I’m usually not the review writing type but I was actually pleasantly surprised by this company that retro-fitted the apartment complex I’m at. Not once were they of any inconvenience. The workers were very accommodating, courteous and professional (more…)
  • Rafi T

    Calabasas Highlands, CA
    Our building on Cohasset Street was a soft story building and according to the new mandatory earthquake ordinance required retrofitting. We did an extensive research and obtained six bids. We decided to go with Retro Experts and couldn’t be happier. Retro Experts did an outstanding job and they were very professional, on time, (more…)
  • Dave D.

    Granada Hills, CA
    Our experience with Retro Experts went very smoothly. The tenants were very informed by Hilda Cabrera about the process and their involvement. An added plus was that she is bilingual. Also, the tenants knew who to call if there were any questions. Understand that there can be delays and the City of LA does take their time to perform inspections; which delays the project. We did obtain several other bids but Retro Experts was the best. We were happy with the service and decided to do another building with Retro Experts. Overall I highly recommend this company.
  • Dean G.

    Los Angeles, CA
    Retro Experts has been great through the whole process of the retrofit. As a tenant I had so many questions. It is not an easy job to experience as a tenant but Retro Experts were so attentive and tended to all our needs. The work took a little bit longer than they originally estimated but they were sure to update us and let us know. They worked hard to assure the workers would be gone and the area quiet by the time I (and most people) get home from work. I really appreciate their care towards tenants because I know the work is mostly with the landlord. Thank you Retro Experts!
  • Lou O.

    Los Angeles CA
    I have been doing a few deals for the mandatory retrofit with RETRO EXPERTS and I highly recommend them. The costumers service always nice and answer you’re questions. Dee, Ari, Hilda, Ariel, Abraham and the others staff, make a good team. Hilda works with the tenants just perfect, she treats them like a friend (Thank you for that). I will use their service and the future if I need it. Thank you Retro Expert
  • Bonnie G.

    Los Angeles CA
    We cannot say enough about this company especially Sean Phil who came out to check our property regarding the possible need for retrofit on our building. Prior to meeting Sean we met with other people who said we needed work. Sean came and told us we didn’t! Sean has great character and integrity. They sent out their engineer (Pedram) who agreed! Be aware there are companies that will take advantage … but you can trust Sean and Retro Experts!!
  • James C

    Sylmar, CA
    I have an apartment building in Mission Hills that was subject to city mandated earthquake retro construction. At the ringing endorsement of a fellow property owner in same complex, I along with a few other owners decided to get on board with Retro Experts. The entire process from Day One to the finish line (just completed last week) could be best described as: Seamless, painless, professional, informative, comforting, and pleasant. (more…)
  • Richard P

    Los Angeles CA
    Well, now that my soft story building is no longer “soft” by any means, I want to congratulate Retro Experts for a job well done. This LA City mandatory requirement was not easy to accept but at least, dealing with the staff at Retro Experts and their resources allowed me to get through it pleasantly and without hidden costs.
  • Tal F.

    Los Angeles, CA
    I have had a difficult time with this process. It’s not easy as a tenant because there is so much work going on that tenants feel they are not aware of or have questions about. First I want to commend Hilda for coming to us and answering as many of our questions as she could. They gave us an estimate and updated us on the timeline of the work so we would be aware. Secondly, I had no idea what retrofitting work is, I also had no idea that it was even mandated by the city! Retro Experts took the time to educate me as a tenant even though the decision isn’t even mine and I don’t think any other company would. Thank you Retro Experts and the team for making this difficult experience as smooth as possible!


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