November 30, 2015
The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) and the Inner City Law Center (ICLC) have filed a lawsuit on behalf of 15 tenants of a residential hotel and Cangress, the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s parent group.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses owner Kameron Segal and his management company, William Holdings, of allowing slum-like conditions, including roach and bedbug infestations and clogged toilets, to fester at the 220-unit Madison Hotel on 7th Street.
Several tenants accused the on-site manager of berating and threatening them with ouster if they complained, and of barging into their units without notice. Managers also barred organizers from Los Angeles Community Action Network, a skid row anti-poverty group, from entering the premises to talk to tenants, the suit said.
Madison Hotel residents pay $290 to $500 a month for single rooms and shared bathrooms. They include many older people and veterans who cannot compete in Los Angeles’ overheated rental market, and could end up in the street if forced out of the hotel.
According to attorneys, landlords would have to pay thousands of dollars in tenant relocation fees, and up to millions of dollars to replace lost low-income units, were they to apply to turn the hotel into market housing legally.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), Inner City Law Center (ICLC)