SoCalGas to Copen Tenants: It’s Up to You!

Here is the message that SoCalGas has for Dr. Stephen Copen’s tenants at 152 South Reeves: pay up the $1,359 your landlord owes or we’ll shut off your gas. It should come as no real surprise to any resident in his 12-unit apartment building. Helpfully this NOTICE TO TENANTS lets residents know that they could take this burden off the landlord by assuming “individual or joint responsibility” for the account and be on the hook for money and then deduct it from the rent.

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Landlords Say Tenants Were Happy With RSO!

Landlords claim that we tenants were a happy lot before City of Beverly Hills mucked around with the rent stabilization ordinance. They hardly ever hit us with excessive rent increases, they say, and properties were maintained just fine. No-just-cause eviction was not even a thing, so why fix what wasn’t broke? This latest attempt to roll back tenant protections isn’t fooling anybody: this was a system that did need fixing.

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Landlord Stories: “Extortionist” Tenants

Rental property owner Sharon Darnov appeared before City Council to share an observation: “There are good landlords and there are bad landlords,” she said, “and there are good tenants and there are bad tenants.” But Darnov didn’t talk about bad landlords. She did have a few words about the ”extortionists” and “grifters” she counts as tenants. Every landlord has a story and this is Darnov’s.

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Landlords File Federal Lawsuit to Invalidate Registry

Beverly Hills landlords never liked the city’s rental unit registry. They fought tooth-and-nail against this ledger of landlords, properties and tenancies because this must-have rent-stabilization tool would hold landlords accountable to the law. Last year the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles brought a Superior Court lawsuit to tank it. Now they are back again with their federal case and a new local landlord plaintiff.

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We Knock Down Some Landlord Claims

Landlord Kevin Davis penned a letter to the Courier in the July 13th issue that warned of a “massacre” upon those who lease apartments. While we are accustomed to hyperbolic bloviating by associations like AAGLA and its director Dan Yukelson, Davis reminds us that even sober speakers sometimes offer up specious claims. Here is our rebuttal as published in the July 20th Courier.

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AAGLA Executive Director’s Thoughts on Rent Control

‘Landlord crusader’ Dan Yukelson recently shared his thoughts about rent stabilization with the Beverly Hills Weekly and he’s not happy! The former Planning commissioner (and current executive director of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) capped his career in corporate finance with the purchase of a fourplex in Beverly Hills — a good investment until City Council amended the rent stabilization law, he says. But Yukelson is no naïve investor: he knows rental housing in Beverly Hills will always be the best place to invest!

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Tenants and Landlords: Is It Always About Class?

I’ve met many lovely people while walking my dog. There’s Ross, a newly-married young guy who, with his wife, resides in their duplex down the block. Our pups don’t really spark but Ross and I chat amiably a few mornings a week. Then there’s Dick, the retired physician who owns an immaculate fourplex around the corner. I’ve seen him on morning walks with his beagle Alice for years. These folks own property but they are not of the landlord class.

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Personal Attacks are Unwelcome in a Civic Debate

Now that City Council has agreed to go forward with the rent stabilization program, proponents and opponents are continuing the policy dialogue in the media. Thankfully, recent exchanges have reflected the comity we enjoyed during the facilitated sessions. But some would malign, though personal attacks, anyone who would speak up with a different vision of a better Beverly Hills. Here we rebut Nathan Hirsch’s September 8th letter to the Courier – a model of how NOT to conduct a public dialog.

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