January 16, 2019
Los Angeles –
Power Property Management named in new Rent Control Complaint
Hi Point Apts LLC, owner, is a member of the Apartment Owners Association of Greater Los Angeles (“AAGLA”). Power Property Management Group of Culver City (PPM”) is the Management Company for the owner. The property is 1522 Hi Point St 90035.
Illegal Rent Increase and Reduction of Services. The complaint alleges that Hi Point Apts LLC served a notice of rent increase dated April 7, 2018 for $1464.40. On Jan. 12, 2019, the PPM demanded the tenant pay $1467.55 without explanation. The tenant claims this is an illegal rent increase because less than 12 months have passed since the April increase; the PPM did not give the tenant a 30 day notice for the $1467.55 amount; tenants have been without housing services maintenance and tandem parking since 2014; the owner did not serve the required notice of renewal rent certificate on tenants.
The email below to city rent control and city council members requests $1,000 fine against the owner and management company, and $50,000 fine against each owner and management for not providing the housing services within 10 days.
The (rent control) HCID-LA case number is CE240180.
Subject: New RSO Complaint filed against PPM and Hi Point Apts LLC – We have been paying an illegal rent for over four years
From: (tenant name and email redacted)
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Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 10:03 PM PST
To whom it may concern/RSO:
Here is a scanned copy of the newest RSO complaint filed against Hi Point Apts LLC and Power Property Management Group (“PPM”).
As already told to the owner Hi Point Apts, PPM served us a notice of rent increase invoice on January 12, 2019 for $1467.55. I informed the owner that the invoice does not match the $1464.40 demanded in their 30 day notice dated April 7, 2017. All attached.
We also have not received maintenance since 2014 to the Intercom service at the site and in out unit, and we have also suffered a reduction in services tandem parking; both housing services maintenance and tandem parking were available to us at the inception of the tenancy in 2010. A reduction in services means we are paying an illegal rent.
In addition, the $1467.55 notice of rent due is illegal because no 30 day notice was given and the amount requested is less than 12 months from the notice of rent increase dated April 7, 2017. The rent increase notice of April 7, 2017 states rent as $1464.40. That is the only latest rent increase notice that unit 9 received. Therefore, notwithstanding any other reasons for illegal rent complaints, the invoiced $1467.55 is an illegal rent.
We have also not been served with the rent renewal registration certificate for 2018, as required under the LAMC.
In line with my request to the city council to pass a retroactive mandatory penalties ordinance against property owners and management companies, and in this case because there has been no response to my housing service complaints within ten days which fine would be $1,000, and I request also the proposed $50,000 fine be accessed against owner and management company, each, because the maintenance has not been made within 10 days of the request for repairs and, under REAP explanation, housing services (tandem parking etc.). The CFO for the property proves tandem parking stalls were available at the inception of tenancy. I also have pictures of the building prior to 2010 showing the intercom system as available, such pictures already in the possession of the city.
Below is a link to the Staff list of PPM, which is matter of public record.
(tenant name redacted)
1522 Hi Point St 9
Los Angeles CA 90035
(PPM staff includes: Brent Parsons, Thomas Khammar, Jackie Gallardo, Jeanette Conway, Alva Corodo, Fidel Medina, Joel Murrillo, Javier Guevarra, Liliano Morales, Edi Hernandez, Justice Walker)
(Note: Diana Alcaraz is an employee/member of the AAGLA who says that Black tenants should not complain about housing discrimination. Alcaraz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
“Racists Among Us”
March 30, 2018
Links to this site appear in the March 29 2018 issue on page S12 of the USC Daily Trojan Housing Guide 2018
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE DETAILS CITY LOS ANGELES SUED OVER HOUSING DISCRIMINATION “Will this Court order all Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Blacks across America to be lynched because this Court feels Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Blacks are not entitled to protection under the United States Constitution and all laws?” Court document 120, filed 10-11-17, page ID 2747-2748.
See the online issue of Random Lengths news [of San Pedro], Feb . 22 issue and page 17.
To see additional discussions about what is fair housing and to see copies of posted Videos, click Youtube channel “Davey GJuanvalldez”
January 30, 2018
What’s wrong at Los Angeles rent control department?
Hear the call to rent control Maria Wood
LOS ANGELES – The rent control department has received numerous complaints since December 2017 against 1522 Hi Point St Apts 90035. One complaint was case number CE229942. After numerous calls, voicemails, and faxes, and emails, there has been no response to a request for status. The department phone numbers are 213-252-1425, 866-557-7368 and 213-275-3493. The department has for years taken the position that all Blacks are not entitled to “full and equal housing services and privileges” as required under law. Here is a link to an audio voicemail left for that city department today:
Updated Jan 1, 2018
[Redacted from a December 19-28 2017 Rent Stabilization Department Complaint, Los Angeles, California]
Hi Point Apts Named in Complaint for Illegal Rent and Reduction of Services
[Los Angeles- Hi Point Apts LLC, Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc. [“WREA”] and manager Cynthia Ogan are named in a wide reaching complaint filed with the city rent control department. Cynthia Ogan is also the owner of the Doggone Cindy’s Dog Walking Service.
[The over 133 page complaint alleges that apt 9 tenants have suffered an illegal rent increase and reduction in housing services. The complaint asks for damages and double damages. The rent control department is a law enforcement agency. Scores of tenants and city rent control and code enforcement employees are named in the administrative complaint. The complaint requests a public hearing. Some of the city inspectors named are alleged to be paid over $100,000 per year to deny “full and equal” housing services to Black tenants.]
Subject: Documentation for your case number CE229942 and CE229943 and CE229944 for investigator Maria Wood
From: [Tenant name and email redacted]
Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017 9:59 PM
Dear LA Housing and Community Investment Department – Investigation and Enforcement
I am responding to your letter of December 20, 2017 which confirms Complaint filed and Request for Documentation, your case number CE229942 and CE229943 CE229944. The Housing Investigator is Maria Wood.
This response is by email with attachments. Attached is a 13 page list of the documents attached. Documents attached otherwise total 133 pages. COMMENTARY
1. This documentation is meant to be illustrative but not all inclusive.
“…The city employees named herein have made a lot of excuses…”
2. The city employees named herein have made a lot of excuses as to why tenants unit 9 have not been provided with a working intercom [maintenance reduced] and a tandem parking stall. None of those government reasons occur in the rental agreement, see agreement at Exhibit page 118.
3. PARKING ISSUES: The city government approved the CFO for the building in 1973, see Exhibit page 111. The striping clearly marks the parking stalls. Pictures at pages 11-18 clearly show that the owner altered stall #13 from the CFO to make the stall a tandem stall, a privilege that was not offered to tenants unit 9. Exhibits photographs 11-18 clearly show that tenants unit 9 were assigned to park in stall #14, a two car stall. In April 2014 the owner reduced the parking from stall #14 to stall #8, which in the photos show that stall #8 is a single car stall, thus unit 9’s parking was reduced entitling unit 9 tenants to a rent reduction. The rental agreement clearly shows that the owner/manager marked “parking space #2” which translates to parking for two vehicles. Photographic evidence previously provided to the city shows another vehicle was assigned and parking in stall #8. The city is requested to gather the parking assignments/rent agreements to see what tenants were assigned to stall #8 in the year 2013. Currently there are 18 units and 20 parking stalls, so that is two extra unassigned stalls, of which tenant unit 9 has been denied the privilege of parking in an extra stall. Alternatively, even if the city RSD feels erroneously that tenants unit 9 were never “assigned” to stall 14 and never received the privilege of parking in stall #14, I feel the owner has reduced the housing privilege of being assigned to a tandem stall, as such stalls have become available over the past six months, the owner has denied such privilege to tenants unit 9. The CFO and pictures show that “tandem stalls” have always been available [present] prior to tenant 9’s occupancy.
“…Currently there are 18 units and 20 parking stalls, so that is two extra unassigned stalls…”
4. INTERCOM ISSUES: (1) The intercom and maintenance is protected under federal law 42 USC section 1981 as “benefits, privileges, terms, and conditions of the contractual relationship”. The rent agreement is a contractual agreement. The intercom falls under the “including, but not limited to” section of the rental agreement; the term “maintenance” is clearly used in the rental agreement. If as some landlords do, a monetary fund of say $500 is set aside for minor repairs for each apartment with the provision that maintenance can perform any repairs under the $500 without owner approval, then unit 9’s benefit service privilege has been reduced since unit 9 has not received the intercom maintenance [state law Unruh requires “full and equal” housing services and privileges]; the estimated $500 set aside for repairs has been reduced because unit 9 has been denied the maintenance that would be provided in the $500, which undoubtedly is $500 coming from the rent monies paid. “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 has the authority to take action against a known housing deprivation in the absence of a complaint. The owner/agents were in the unit around June 2016 and installed new copper tubing, new garbage disposal, there then is no excuse why they did not install a new intercom; when they installed the new copper tubing and new garbage disposal, there was no cry from the owner that “we only install new tubing and new garbage disposal in vacant units”;but this is allegedly the reason the owner gave the city that he only installs new intercoms in vacant units; none of this is in the rental agreement; the implication in the rental agreement is that if repairs are required under law, as in this case they are, and the repairs are not the fault of the tenant, then the owner will make the repairs.
For purposes of racism the City consistently has denied that it was its own inspectors who authorized the intercom system
(2) The city’s authority over the intercom and maintenance is legion. The SCEP is a tenant paid for city process that is supposed to occur very few years, but that process has not resulted in the intercom repair being ordered. The intercom is a wired unit that is connected to the electrical panel thru either the unit’s sub panel or the hallway sub panel; all those panels were approved by the city code enforcement, thus the city approved the installation of the intercoms. Fifteen units out of 18 received primary renovations and new intercoms, a few apartments at a time between 2014 and 2016, while numerous tenants—-and three currently — never received the new intercom, but the city code inspectors gave the approval for each of the 15 units renovated, the city inspectors knowing during that time period the system was not fully operational for certain tenants, and that tenant complaints had been filed. (3) The city code inspectors due to the state Building Code, have jurisdiction over all “portions” of the building, including the intercom system; (4) the city RSD approved the THP #1 and THP #2 for unit 9, both city documents gave approval for installation of intercom in unit 9. See Exhibits pages 95 and 114. But such THP approval in no way negated unit 9’s right to maintenance as spelled out under federal, state, local law and the rental agreement.(5) The intercom and keypad system are connected to the same wiring to the same front door of the building; if the city in 2015 approved the capital improvement rent increase (See Exhibit 34-44) , and the intercom and keypad were installed as one unit, which the picture shows see page 14, then it is the city who participated in the authorization of the intercom system, of which unit 9’s privilege and service has been reduced.(6) When a new owner purchases a building, he is responsible for the repairs and any items that were not repaired by the previous owner. Hi Point Apts LLC and its agents were responsible as part of tenant occupancy to “provide (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.” It is a housing service benefit and privilege for tenants at Hi Point Apts 1522 Hi Point St to receive available tandem parking/parking for two cars; it is a housing service to receive repair or replacement, and maintenance. The owner has reduced tenant unit 9’s parking benefits and privileges; the owner has reduced repair, replacement, and maintenance to unit 9 tenant’s intercom —- he has had the opportunity to repair or replace the intercom and has refused to—- the owner has not given us the required rent reductions. I request the rent reductions and any applicable double damages.
“The city government, in not enforcing the THP regulations, did not give a damn about the due process rights of Black residents who were forced out of the tenancy, and the city did not give a damn about the Health and Safety of white applicants and tenants.”
The THP program, a city government ordinance, does not in any way reduce tenant’s rights under the rent agreement.
The city government, in not enforcing the THP regulations, did not give a damn about the due process rights of Black residents who were forced out of the tenancy, and the city did not give a damn about the Health and Safety of white applicants and tenants. “For apartments 5, 8, 15, 18, 10, 1, 6, 11 there are No THP’s; No mold inspection; No environmental impact report ; No asbestos report; No lead report.”
All rights reserved.
[Tenant name address phone redacted]
42 U.S. Code § 1981 – Equal rights under the law
(a) Statement of equal rights
All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses, and exactions of every kind, and to no other.
(b) “Make and enforce contracts” defined
For purposes of this section, the term “make and enforce contracts” includes the making, performance, modification, and termination of contracts, and the enjoyment of all benefits, privileges, terms, and conditions of the contractual relationship.
(c) Protection against impairment
The rights protected by this section are protected against impairment by nongovernmental discrimination and impairment under color of State law.
(R.S. § 1977; Pub. L. 102–166, title I, § 101, Nov. 21, 1991, 105 Stat. 1071.)
Parking 2013 w car at Spot 8.JPG.pdf (1.07MB)
2015-5-18 Roomate in Stall 8.JPG (4.58MB)
2017-12-27 List of Docs for LA RSD CE229942 et al.pdf (179.54KB)
Subject: New complaints filed with you CE229942 and CE229943 and CE229944
From: [tenant name and email redacted]
DATE: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 1:42 PM
“…OVER 3 YEARS…”
1. Illegal rent increase and reduction of services: the intercom at this unit remains unusable, unrepaired, as the RSD is well aware. [OVER 3 YEARS]. Maintenance is a housing service that was available to unit 9 tenants at the inception of the tenancy. Initially we were denied maintenance to the intercom; then the owner decided to replace the building wide intercom around May 2014 but refused to repair, replace, or remove ours in unit 9. As such, maintenance to the intercom has been reduced from what it should have been at the inception of the tenancy. We unfairly pay a [CITY ORDERED] capital improvement rent increase of $17.08 per month which includes the new intercom system, such housing service denied to tenants unit 9. I ask for a rent decrease on this issue, and a decrease in the city approved capital improvements $17.08 in that the intercom unit 9 is not working. I attach a picture as evidence of the intercom and keypad entry system being installed at the same time as one unit in 2014, as proof that the $17.08 increase includes the new intercom system.
2. The respondents herein include Hi Point Apts LLC (Walter Barratt), Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc. on-site manager Cynthia Ogan, and maintenance Ali Mozannar.
“…tenants unit 1 have parking for four vehicles…”
3. Reduction of services: photographic evidence shows that tenants unit 9 were assigned to the available [present] tandem parking stall #14. Tenants unit 9 currently occupy stall #8, a single stall, proving that the parking available to us —tandem stall— has been reduced; tandem stalls have been available within the last six months, but again we face the same continuing reduction even though tandem stalls are available and tenants unit 1 have parking for four vehicles, while we in a similar one bedroom unit have only parking for one vehicle. The city RSD has refused to verify the application process for receiving a tandem parking stall in this city rent controlled building. The RSD has refused to recognize photographic evidence that another tenant was assigned to park in stall #8, while tenants #9 parked in tandem stall 14. I ask for a rent reduction of $200 per month for the loss of parking stall for a second vehicle.
“…The city RSD has refused to verify the application process for receiving a tandem parking stall…”
4. I believe I am also entitled to double damages based on the LAMC and the property owner’s failure to comply with LAMC and grant the rent reductions requested.
5. This unit still has not received the primary renovations based on the owner submitted THP, which is a benefit and privilege denied to tenants unit 9, such renovated unit valued at over $17,000.
6. I request that on-site manager Cynthia Ogan be removed as manager based on her failure to maintain the premises i.e. non-working intercom unit 9.
“…on-site manager Cynthia Ogan [should] be removed [due to racism]…”
7. WREA has ordered us by letter to make the rent payable to WREA, however, this is not in compliance with the rent agreement as the rent agreement states the rent should be paid to “Hi Point Apts”. This is another example of the payment of illegal rent since I have not signed any agreement to pay the rent to WREA.
8. Finally, the attached document shows that on June 24 2017 the owner “posted” and unit 9 tenants received a 30 day notice of rent increase. A July 21 letter attached says “please make sure” to pay the rent increase on July 1. This is less than the required 30 days notice before increase is due. There clearly has been no required 30 day notice. I request rent reimbursement for the months the required 30 day notice was not served, or 6 months x $65.61 = $393.66, plus any applicable doubling of damages. Since the June 24 posted notice is defective, no 30 day notice has even been given to unit 9 tenants to justify a rent increase.
“…There clearly has been no required 30 day notice…”
Please let me know any other documentation I would need to provide. All rights reserved.
[Editor: Tenant name, email, phone redacted]
1522 Hi Point St
Los Angeles CA 90035
[ref: 42 USC section 1981 ]
2017-12-19 For RSO CE229942 and 943 and 944.pdf (1.33MB)
2014-4-27 New Intercom Keypad One Unit.JPG (3.32MB)
[Editor: Exhibits include:
Email to Alan Chen from [tenant 9] re Intercom. December 10 2015 at 9:45 am.; Email response to Alan Chen email. December 12, 2015 at 2:06 pm. ; Email to LeTaun Cotton and numerous city government employees. Feb 22 2016 at 10:51 pm; Email to LB Property Management and Owner. November 27 2016 at 1:06 pm subject; Letter from WREA announcing sink repairs will occur July 14, 2017. July 13, 2017; Email to WREA, Walter Barratt, manager Ogan, and Ali Mozannar about intercom needing repair. July 13, 2017 at 9:02 pm.; Email to WREA, owner, mayor, city employees at Jul 14 2014 at 10:56 am.; Email to WREA and city employees. Aug 30 2017 at 11:06 pm.; Email to WREA and city employees. September 18, 2017 at 9:51 pm; Email re Intercom still dilapidated. Oct 1, 2017 at 9:20 am.; Email October 1, 2017 at 9:50 am to WREA and city employees.; Email to RSD, Mayor, WREA, other city employees at Oct 13, 2017 at 7:37 am. ; Email to WREA and city employees. Oct 18, 2017 at 10:38 p.m.; Various laws/cases: Unruh, constructive eviction, retaliation and agent liability [liability for actual damages and punitive damages]; nuisance [the state law gives the tenant the authority to remove a nuisance]; CCC 1942.4(a); LAMC RAC 410.03 and 410.04 ]
[Editor: The city was advised that many whites moved into this building unaware and never told that their apartments were exposed to :Lack of mold inspection; Lack of environmental impact report; Lack of asbestos report and Lack of lead report due to no THP’s. This is what Mayor Eric Garcetti calls Gestapo “rent control”.]
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 August 2 2015-
[ Faircrest Heights ]
as emailed and posted to the internet:
“My question to [Los Angeles] Mayor Eric Garcetti, Raymond Cervantes, Agassi Topchian* and Ian Yeom*, et al, is in these times of racial strife across this country of the United States, should any Black American be denied a housing service?”
“…in these times of racial strife across this country of the United States, should any Black American be denied a housing service?”
Update July 13 2015- voicemail to code enforcement citing ‘racism’
Transcribed from Voicemail. Here the Voicemail at the Link below.* Regarding 1522 Hi Point Street aka “Hi Point Apts” and “Hi Point Apts LLC” Voicemail 7-9-2015 at 22:20 and 22:24.
“You have reached the desk of inspector Richard Brinson with the Los Angeles City Housing and Community Investment Department, tenant habitability program, primary renovations. Please leave a message at the beep and I will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you.”
“Hi, today’s date is July 9, 2015, and this call is to Raymond Chan thru the phone number of Richard Brinson, and the number that I am calling is 213-252-2883, that is the City of Los Angeles government number.
I have received voicemails from Mr. Brinson and others the last two months but they are not acceptable as a resolution to the Complaints herein. To Raymond Chan, Director, If Not for Racism. Your recent voicemails have been received and they are not acceptable as a resolution.
1. I am still denied a housing service/privilege tandem parking stall.
2. I have still not received a reduction in rent due to loss of parking stall from stall #14 to stall #8, a tandem stall to a single stall; this is a habitability complaint
3. I am still denied a housing service and habitability working intercom
4. The owner miscalculated the annual 3% rent increase for June1 and I have notified him and LAHCID. I will forward you a copy of the rent check cashed June 1 2015. The owner has not made the correction or provided a rent reduction. This is also a habitability complaint
5. I am still denied a rent reduction due to loss of working intercom [rent reduction as required by LAMC section 151 et seq.]
6. Each month I pay rent on the 1st is an illegal rent increase
7. I have not received a rent reduction due to shared utilities
8. I have not received treble damages due the rent stabilization
ordinance violations stated herein.
9. I have also been damaged by illegal cumulative rent increases
10. A lack of response from all parties to these issues has violated my quiet enjoyment of the apartment unit
I believe the reason why the owner has refused to comply with the above and the reason why the LAHCID has refused to protect me from the risk of injury and conduct reasonable diligence in this regard above is because I am Black, and because I have complained that the RAC and property owner/agents are racist towards me.
I have written LAHCID numerous times over the past 13 months, as well as left voicemails, and first class mail. There still has been no good faith response/resolve. How do you suggest we resolve this matter? If I call you every hour, will that help resolve this? If I come to LAHCID headquarters every hour, will that help resolve this matter? If I come down to LAHCID and picket in front with a poster that states “LAHCID Racist Against Blacks“, will that help resolve this matter?
If not for racism, what is the reason why the LAHCID has refused to enforce the city rent stabilization regulations as regards the above complaints? This call is from tenant apt 9, July 9, 2015.”
“Recording has stopped…Message left.”
[Previously sent by email and first class mail and also to Code enforcement. c: Mike Feuer, City attorney; State Bar Complaint; Site manager Marilyn London, via email ; Mayor and City Council via email to council president Wesson; California Department of Fair Employment and Housing .The Mayor of Los Angeles is Eric Garcetti. The Governor of California is Edmund “Jerry” Brown. Raymond Chan is the director of city LAHCID. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has refused to process this as a discrimination complaint.]
Voicemail audio file – call to LAHCID code inspector Richard Brinson July 9. Note that this is one of many calls over the past 12 months to code enforcement. Various inspectors have been inside the buildings at least fifteen times over the past 12 months. The intercoms for select tenants remain unrepaired.
Update April 20 2015
Welcome to Los Angeles.
Won’t you please join us for tea
[Redacted from an email dated April 19 2015 to Department Fair Employment and Housing and the Housing Rights Center.]
“NO RENT REBATE DUE TO NO RESIDENT MANAGER
From approximately March 2014 to August 2014 the building was without a resident manager.
This affected about seven tenants. The RAC ordered a rent rebate and I was the only one who received the check. The remaining tenants Apts 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, and 18 did not receive a rent refund from the owner.
Of those tenants, two are white and seven are minorities.
NON WORKING INTERCOM
Ten tenants of the Causasian race have working intercoms.
Two tenants of the Caucasian race have no working intercoms.
Over 80% Caucasian tenants have working intercoms.
Three Asians have working intercoms.
One Asian does not have a working intercom.
Three tenants Black race have working intercoms.
Ten tenants Black/Hispanic do not have working intercoms.
Over 80% Black tenants do not have working intercoms.
[Figures are approximate]
NO RENT REDUCTION FOR NON-WORKING INTERCOM [for those entitled to one]
2 Caucasian tenants have not received a rent reduction for non-working intercom
10 Black/Hispanic tenants have not received a rent reduction for non-working intercom
80% of Black/Hispanic have not received a rent reduction due to non-working intercoms.”
from a tenant at Hi Point Apts.
[Based on documents forwarded to the Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council and Rent Adjustment Board members.]
Gentrification discrimination occurs because it has the help of government officials and government funding.
Should white tenants have a working intercom solely because they are white?
Is the money of Black tenants not good enough for them to have working intercoms?
Can you say ‘Racism’ ?
Black Tenants Protest Rent Increase at Gentrification Neighborhood [Jan 4 2015]
Hi Point Apts is the subject of a protest by African American tenants against a proposed rent increase by the owner. [December 2014]. There is some indication that tenants want the cost of repairs to a recent door keypad passed onto the newer more affluent tenants. Most of the newer tenants are non-African American. If you are a tenant who wishes to oppose the rent increase, reference Case CA050505 and please contact Los Angeles Housing Department Scott Matsunaga at 213-928-9063 or email: email@example.com
1522 Hi Point
These are the pending issues that have been turned over to the Rent Adjustment Commission’s Armida Olguin-Flores and Aracely Gonzalez; city attorney Mike Feuer; code enforcement inspector David James; Hi Point Apts LLC owner Walter Barratt, and employees Gianni Capaldi, Cliff Renfrew, et al.:
REDUCTION OF RENT due to un repaired door entry system. Pending since April 2014. Owner has arbitrarily installed entry systems for some tenants while denying the repair of entry system to others. RAC regulations says tenants are entitled to a rent reduction but the order has yet to be issued.
REDUCTION OF RENT due to reduction in parking. Pending since April 2014. Owner arbitrarily reduced parking for certain tenants who had tandem stalls; they were threatened with eviction notices. Some tenants clearly received a housing service of parking two cars in the building lot for years. The city government has refused to acknowledge the parking code which clearly defines “tandem” parking stalls in residential apartments. RAC regulations says select tenants are entitled to a rent reduction of $200 per month but the order has yet to be issued.
LACK OF DOUBLE STRIPING parking stalls. Another example where code enforcement refuses to follow their own regulations.
TANDEM STALLS not in compliance with the parking code. Another example where code enforcement refuses to follow their own regulations.
NO PERMIT FOR construction of brick wall. Another example where code enforcement refuses to follow their own regulations.
RENT REDUCTIONS due to lack of resident manager. In this rent control building there had been no resident manager since around March to August 2014. The owner had refused to provide a rent reduction to tenants. Finally after one tenant persisted, rent control on August 11, 2014 ordered the owner to provide [an extremely small] rent reduction refund checks to many tenants. As of today September 28, 2014, only one tenant out of 18 has received the refund check. The owner also waited past the 10 day deadline to tender the check. RAC and the owner refuse to verify did other eligible tenants receive the rent control check. [The owner had protested paying the rent reduction saying there were less than 16 units occupied at the time; the owner was mistaken because the city fire code regarding resident managers applies to number of units and not number of tenants.]
[ The HI POINT APTS LLC state ID is 201406410177]
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“Certainly tenants who are white at the property, and the non-Blacks, have the use and benefit of intercom and parking stall, and certainly those tenants reasonably and justifiably place significant and substantial importance on such housing services since they signed the lease and pay over $1700 per month for such housing services. I can hear the voices of those now long dead Blacks in Alabama, ‘Oh, Mister Charlie, I just want me an Intercom boss, and some maintenance, and maybe a parking spot for my car, I am on my knees begging you boss.’ And the white plantation owner smiles down on the Darky and whips him for daring to ask a question. Well what year was that? 2015? The plantation owner continues, ‘And don’t even think of going to court, Boy, cause we gonna lynch you before you get there!’
Taken from “How does a Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite Black American qualify for intercom?” Click here to see page
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