As told to the Los Angeles City government August 2019.
Denial of housing services
* The intercom system unit 9 and outside the building is unusable. The intercom needs repair * Unit 9 tenants are still being denied a tandem parking stall
* The back interior stairs remain unstable and need repair as they are dangerous wobble when walking on them
Update March 19 2016
Hi Point Apts is Unsanitary, Substandard, and Unsafe
LA county Public Health Feb 10 2016 have said they have no authority over the wiring in the 1522 Hi Point St 90035 building.
Health and Safety code 17920.3 sections(a)(13) and (d) and (i) give the city and county employees jurisdiction, but as of March 16 talk with city code enforcement, and after over two years of defective security system intercom wiring, government employees maintain they have no jurisdiction under H & S code 17920.3. City employee Richard Brinson, Le Taun J. Cotton, Veronica Bauchman, David Burkhead, Richard Jackson, and Udo O. Nwachuku all claim the city and county employees have no jurisdiction to enforce defective and improperly maintained wiring.
Since there is general dilapidation abandoned vehicle and improper maintenance of the wiring and construction materials, the Health and Safety code 17920.3 declares the building to be “unsanitary” and “substandard” and “unsafe”. Tenant security is at risk.
Update Oct 10 2015
Justice Department Asked to Restrict Los Angeles Government Funding
[Via email. This copy has been redacted]
Housing Services Denied by City government-
please restrict federal funding
[Tenant Name and email redacted]
Saturday, October 10, 2015 1:33 PM
Dear DOJ/ Fair Housing
Please see this quote:
“Los Angeles municipal code section 151.02 defines Housing Services as services connected with the use or occupancy of a rental unit including, but not limited to, utilities (including light heat water and telephone) , ordinary repairs or replacement, and maintenance, including painting. This term shall also include the probation of elevator service, laundry facilities and privileges, common recreational facilities, janitor service, resident manager, Refuse removal, furnishings, food-service, parking and other benefits privileges or facilities. Chapter XV of the Los Angeles municipal code Rent Stabilization ordnance, effective in the city of Los Angeles, requires that where there is a reduction in housing services there must be a corresponding decrease and equal to the reduction in the monthly cost to the landlord of the service, divided by the number of units deprived of that service.”
The city LAHCID has stated that an intercom [not room to room but front door of building to inside of apartment] and a parking stall are not housing services. I disagree. In determining that a parking stall and an intercom is not [NOT] a housing service, the LAHCID quoted city attorney Robert P. Moore who works with city attorney Mike Feuer. Moore said in writing to me that the city did nothing wrong in determining a parking stall and intercom is not a housing service; a CPRA release of code enforcement shows that a code enforcement inspector stated in a written code enforcement complaint response that Moore had told the inspector not to investigate the non-working intercom because the intercom is not a housing service, nor presumably would a non-working one constitute a habitability complaint, which is also a complaint I filed with the LAHCID. Moore and the LAHCID are obviously incorrect.
I request that the department of justice examine all code enforcement and housing complaints for the past five years to across the city of Los Angeles [not limited to this address] to determine how much money is owed to all tenants who were entitled to a rent reduction where LAHCID improperly ruled verbally or in writing that parking, intercoms, or other housing services, were not housing services…
I ask that the department of justice investigate this. I request that the department of justice examine all code enforcement and housing complaints for the past five years to across the city of Los Angeles [not limited to this address] to determine how much money is owed to all tenants who were entitled to a rent reduction where LAHCID improperly ruled verbally or in writing that parking, intercoms, or other housing services, were not housing services, pursuant to LAMC section151.02. I ask that the DOJ also seek injunctive relief against the LAHCID to immediately halt such practices.
[Tenant and phone redacted. From 1522 Hi Point St 90035]
Update October 24 2015
As seen on Facebook:
“The Slum Lord Hi Point Apts LLC claims he has Apartments for rent. Los Angeles 90035 as seen on Yelp also. Since this is a rent control building, he cannot charge the $50 for the air conditioning or the $500 per deposit because it is an illegal rent increase, not authorized under rent control regulations. Contact Mayor Eric Garcetti or LAHCID if you want to complain about this as a prospective tenant. The rental agent is also showing apt 18 but the owner has told the city that apt 18 is supposed to be used for a tenant temporary relocation so it is questionable why apt 18 is being shown if it is not available. The only apartment that may be available soon is apt 11. The property is currently under investigation and subject to public hearing on Oct 28 2015. The owner did repairs to the building for which the proper city regulations were not followed and the certificate of occupancy is in question which means tenants may not legally move in or the owner cannot collect rents. The owner has recently been found liable for numerous code violations and illegal rent increases. The property is also under investigation by the county for mold infestation. Inquire at your own risk!”
Video on Hi Point Apts
News on hours of primary renovation
Various City LADBS officials have said that the hours of primary renovation are Monday thru Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 p.m. in any building under the jurisdiction of a tenant habitability plan, i.e rent control. Previously city employees allegedly had posted incorrect hours of 7 am – 9 Mon – Saturday at various sites until a tenant at 1522 Hi Point St persistently complained those were the wrong hours and that his “quiet enjoyment” was being disturbed. The owner of the property ignored numerous complaints about primary renovation hours. Thousands of Los Angeles residents may be owed damages where primary renovations were done during the wrong hours. Primary renovation on Saturdays and Sundays is prohibited.
Updated September 19 2016
Los Angeles, California officials say Black tenant treated as “Nigger” not entitled to full and equal housing privileges. Select tenants are named. United States Central District Court case CV16-03236 JLS.
Attorneys for the defendants are ATTORNEY FOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, AND ALAN CHEN Renee E Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; ATTORNEY FOR WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE ADVISORS, Inc. Thomas L Watters firstname.lastname@example.org; ATTORNEY FOR STATE OF CALIFORNIA Martin Ageson email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; ATTORNEY FOR CITY OF LOS ANGELES, CHARLES GARCIA, BARBARA BRASCIA, RICHARD BRINSON, ARMIDA-OLGUIN FLORES Robert P Moore email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; ATTORNEY FOR HI POINT APTS, LLC, WALTER BARRATT, CLIFF RENFREW Jared A Barry email@example.com [UPDATED SEPT. 19, 2016]