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Moving to Los Angeles

Popularly known as the “entertainment capital of the world’ Los Angeles has more to offer than glitz and glamour. Bordered by golden beaches and surrounded by misty mountains, in Los Angeles you can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon on one day and explore old growth forests and desert hot springs the next. An ideal destination for expats seeking a varied lifestyle.

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Los Angeles.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to London

The sheer size of Los Angeles and the ethnic mix of people leads to a very diverse and culture rich city.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Los Angeles:

Finding a place to live
The secret to happiness in LA is to live near to where you work or be prepared to spend a large amount of your time in traffic. Having said that, the housing market is very competitive and high-priced. Rental properties can be taken within a day and you need to be quick to secure your preferred location

Getting around LA
Despite the traffic jams, most expats living in LA drive. The public transport system is unreliable and concentrated to certain areas. Be prepared for the traffic jams, it’s best to avoid driving between 4pm-7pm.

Access to healthcare
The American healthcare system is a minefield to navigate. If you are moving to LA to work, you employer will provide health insurance for yourself and your family. Healthcare professionals will generally not provide services unless you have health insurance.

Tipping for services
Tipping is a big deal in Los Angeles. There is an expectation that you provide tips for certain services. The value of the tips vary based on the service. It is best to familiarise yourself with the latest tipping etiquette.

Fun fact about Los Angeles
You need a degree to read the parking signs in LA. Street cleaning is an actual thing and if you are parked during this time you will get fined.

Meet your Los Angeles Team Leader

Jurate Gulbinas

As a professional accountant, Jurate regularly advises expat clients recently arrived to Los Angeles in regards to tax matters.

Through this experience with clients, she understands the challenges expats face when moving to Los Angeles.

Her insight and knowledge of the local community is invaluable in providing expats moving to Los Angeles with guidance and assistance to settle in.

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