LA slum trial ends in $2 million settlement

Matt Reynolds
May 4, 2015


A $2 million settlement was reached in a lawsuit brought by tenants over negligence, breach of implied warranty of habitability, unlawful collection of rent, and intentional infliction of emotional distress from Franco Haiem, who managed a 26-unit apartment on Maple Avenue in South Los Angeles from 2009 to 2012. The complaints were about toxic living conditions, missing utilities, and lack of repairs.

Sonia Pflaster of Inner City Law Center, which also represented the plaintiffs, called it “incredibly unfair that this landlord took advantage of these tenants, most of whom had no recourse but to live in unacceptable and dangerous surroundings while he neglected even the most basic amenities.”

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Inner City Law Center (ICLC)