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Thanksgiving Day Roundup: Headlines for Landlords


Top Los Angeles Restaurants are closing to make way for the Frank Gehry-Designed 8150 Sunset Boulevard project in West Hollywood (rendering above)

Landlord accused of illegally evicting people to rent their apartments on Airbnb

A Los Angeles landlord illegally evicted tenants from their rent-controlled apartments and listed them on Airbnb, a lawsuit filed this month alleges. The suit accuses real estate developer Wiseman Management of tearing down rent-controlled housing to build luxury developments.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-landlord-accused-of-abusing-eviction-process-to-replace-apartments-with-airbnbs/

New Modular Housing Model Tackles Affordable Housing Crisis In Los Angeles

Slated to open in early 2020, Hope on Alvarado is a pioneering concept in affordable housing. Located in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles (166 S. Alvarado Street), the project employs advanced modular construction to transform steel modules sourced from China into a five-story, 84-unit residential building.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/juliabrenner/2019/10/30/new-modular-housing-model-tackles-affordable-housing-crisis-in-los-angeles/#1ca5cda47cb5

19 Los Angeles Restaurants That Closed This Fall

In a failed battle to save a historic building, Kura Fine Japanese Cuisine announced its closure, one of several restaurants closing in Los Angeles. That property will eventually turn into a Frank Gehry-designed 229 apartment unit and multi-use project.

https://la.eater.com/2019/9/25/20884019/kura-sushi-daniel-son-restaurant-closure-west-hollywood-los-angeles

Ahead of renter protection law, reports of an eviction rush

That’s because the new owners of the Canal Farm Gardens, a 50-plus unit complex of fourplexes, gave Espinoza and at least 30 of his neighbors a choice: Pay more than $1,200 a month for a newly renovated unit — a nearly 50 percent increase above the rent he pays now — or expect to be evicted.

https://www.thecalifornian.com/story/news/2019/10/28/renter-protection-law-reports-eviction-rush-california-cost-of-living-housing-apartment-landlord/2492377001/

Public Housing Becomes the Latest Progressive Fantasy

For a new generation of urban progressives, sky-high rents in New York, San Francisco, and other prosperous cities have inspired a fresh embrace of an old and seemingly discredited idea: public housing. The Los Angeles Tenants Union, and other groups, a PHIMBY movement—“public housing in my backyard”—has emerged as an alternative to both anti-development NIMBY groups and the YIMBY groups that support new market-rate homes.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/public-housing-fundamentally-flawed/602515/

United Way launches new landlord engagement program with $100,000 from Amgen Foundation

Housing vouchers and subsidies offer a path out of homelessness by offsetting the cost of rent for recipients. But in Ventura County, some residents can’t use their vouchers due to a lack of available units with landlords who will accept them. The United Way of Ventura County hopes to address this with its new landlord engagement pilot program. Program staff members will reach out to local landlords to address their concerns and provide support to those who decide to accept vouchers.

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2019/11/21/amgen-grant-united-way-fight-homelessness-ventura-county/4191468002/


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