Formerly a rent-controlled apartment building, it’s reopening as a boutique hotel.
The tenants union wants to change the owner’s plans to evict tenants of a residence that sits directly behind his Venice eatery.
With the units expected to sell for more than $1 million each, residents said they would have had no choice but to move out.
Proposed policies would penalize landlords for misleading the city about redevelopment plans. Tenant activists say stricter measures are needed.
The move is prompted by an incident earlier this year, when an Ellis-emptied apartment building was demolished, even though it was being investigated for renting out units on Airbnb.
After almost 1,400 rent-controlled units were removed from the market last year, city officials want to make it harder for landlords to mass-evict tenants.
Officials want to rein in evictions under California’s Ellis Act—and find better ways to penalize landlords for violations.
Last year, 1,372 rent-controlled units were removed under the Ellis Act, according to the Coalition for Economic Survival. That’s an increase of nearly 27 increase from 2015.
The building’s owners were under investigation for renting units short-term after evicting tenants when workers began tearing the structure down. Later, city staff revoked—then reissued—the demolition permits.
The LA City Council has instructed staff to investigate the evictions in case they can be hit with a legal challenge. The building’s new owners have told residents to vacate so they can get to work on a major renovation.
The building’s new owner is asking residents to vacate as it prepares to give the property a major overhaul. City Councilmember Paul Koretz says he’s "outraged and disgusted" by the situation.
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A unit in this beachfront Santa Monica apartment complex last rented for an astonishing $550 per month. Now a new owner will return the vacant buildings to the rental market, probably at a price many times higher.
Mayor Eric Garcetti launches a campaign to target the city's "most vulnerable" renters. A new guidebook, plus ads and flyers, will teach tenants living in rent-controlled units about everything from rent hikes to evictions.
They're accused of evicting tenants, then quickly turning around and renting the units on Airbnb. "In a city with a profound shortage of affordable housing, unlawfully converting rental units to operate hotels has got to stop," prosecutor says.
Many Los Angeles tenants are at risk lately thanks to rising Ellis Act evictions, which allow landlords to kick out all of their tenants under certain conditions. LA's housing department wants to make sure the law isn't being abused.
The Ellis Act allows property owners to evict all of their rent-controlled tenants and it's become an engine of gentrification. Its use has been on the rise again in LA; this map helps shed light on which neighborhoods are targeted for redevelopment.