Landlord’s Lawsuit to Block RSO is Dismissed

State Superior Court judge Hon. Mary Strobel has dismissed landlord Hank Dayani’s lawsuit to block the city’s registration of rental units. Dayani himself petitioned for the dismissal. Back in 2017 he requested from the court a temporary injunction citing numerous grounds, claiming that the registration program runs afoul of state law and also alleging harm to him and his tenants from the requirement. With a trial set for August 15th and little hope of prevailing, the plaintiff evidently concedes the city’s program is lawful after all.

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Due Diligence on the Landlord: Some Tips

Most tenants don’t need to research the landlord because their relationship is business: the tenant writes the check and the landlord provides properly maintained housing. Every tenancy starts uneventfully and most continue so. But sometimes complications arise and disputes can find the courthouse. When the going gets rough it pays to do some due diligence!

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Penalty for Rental Registration Laggards

Beverly Hills City Council wrapped up the year with an ordinance adopted December 19th to impose a penalty on any landlord that fails to register his rental property: no rent increase until it is registered. Council had to act because the city faces a state deadline to complete the registry yet according to the city one-in-five properties is still not registered.

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Local Landlord Sues to Stop Rental Unit Registration

City of Beverly Hills is named as a defendant in the first lawsuit to target our rent stabilization program. Local landlord Hank Dayani filed for a temporary restraining order to prevent the city from requiring him and his family trust to register his rental properties; and to keep any information collected by the city in relation to rental property registration confidential. The battle has moved from Council chambers to the the courtroom!

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