Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

Calif. Landlords Sue L.A., State Over Anti-Eviction And Rent Rules

A group of landlords filed a lawsuit against the state, Los Angeles County and several Southern California cities over anti-eviction measures established during the pandemic.

According to the lawsuit, the landlords seek damages “far in excess of $300,000” and a court order allowing landlords to charge normal rent and evict non-paying tenants.

The lawsuit names Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Glendale, Burbank, Agoura Hills and Santa Clarita as defendants. A representative for the City Attorney’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

“While purportedly intending to provide relief to tenants… the ordinances and other enactments are illegal, imbalanced and significantly infringe on [landlords’] constitutional rights,” the suit said.

The landlords point to grocery stores, gas stations and similar essential services that have not been ordered to give away free supplies as proof that they are being unfairly burdened by the government.

The suit claims the rent moratoriums have placed an “imbalanced” burden on landlords and property owners by pointing to grocery stores and gas stations which were not obligated to give away free supplies.

Plaintiffs in the suit include Casa Green Inc., Westside Habitats LLC, Brass Key Properties LLC, VSN Properties LLC, Hollywood Lofts LLC, Streamline Properties LLC, Terraces at the Grove Inc. and Silver Swan Properties LLC.

The group isn’t the first in the city to sue over rent moratoriums. In June, the Apartment Association of Los Angeles sued May Garcetti, City Council and the City of Los Angeles in an attempt to reverse recently established renter protections.

“If allowed to stand, the ordinances will not only continue to violate plaintiff’s members’ rights under both the California and United States Constitutions, but will continue to inflict massive and widespread economic damage on property owners and landlords throughout the city,” the suit claimed.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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