November 1, 2018
Subject: AAGLA Racist Landlord Retaliates Against Black Supporters of Prop 10
From: (tenant name and email redacted)
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Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:09 PM
AAGLA Racist Landlord Retaliates Against Black Supporters of Prop 10
CCC Section 1942.5 is Invoked
213-384-4131 – AAGLA
Director, Finance & Operations
Director, Government Affairs & External Relations Janet Gagnon Ext. 309
Manager, Membership & Sales
Coordinator, Membership & Sales
Coordinator, Events & Seminars
Manager, Member Services
Maureen Farrell, Notary Public
Manager, Member Services
Manager, Member Services, Spanish Liaison Maria Arnold Ext. 314
Manager, Member Services, Korean Liaison Jennifer Lee Ext. 303
Reception & Office Manager
Jonathan Arambel, Steve Carlson
Interference with Election Process- Violation of Black Candidate Civil Rights
To Whom It May Concern:
Today at about 4:30 p.m. my roommate and I received the attached 3 day “Notice to Perform or Quit” with the attached “house rules” and black and white picture alleged to be our window from the outside but no identification on the picture. The notice is dated 10/31/2018 with the names AAGLA, Cliff Renfrew, and Jade Beck.
1. I attach a color picture of the Jade Beck-Cliff Renfrew-Walter Barratt sign which reads “Vote Yes on 10” which refers to the upcoming election November 6, 2018.
2. Unit #4 white Jewish tenant has a Muslim type Koran scripture on his door for years but has not faced the same retaliation as Black tenants like myself. I would like permission to post the same Muslin Koran type literature on my door.
3. I ask that the Department of Real Estate investigate and revoke the real estate licenses of Keller Williams, Hi Point Apts, LLC, Jade Beck, Walter Barratt, and AAGLA for violation of the laws under the DRE jurisdiction.
4. I request that Walter Barratt immediately in writing notify me that the 3 day notice has been rescinded.
5. I request that the IRS, FPPC, HUD and the FBI investigate Walter Barratt, Hi Point Apts LLC, and Keller Williams for violation of civil rights.
6. I request the city council of Los Angeles revoke the businesses licenses of Hi Point Apts, LLC, Keller Williams, and all members of the AAGLA.
7. As of the writing of this email, I do not see any signs posted in unit 9’s window.
8. I ask that the employment of Jade Beck and Cliff Renfrew be terminated.
9. California Civil Code section 1940.4 allows any tenant to post the sign that Hi Point Apts LLC/AAGLA has complained about.
10. As a tenant is entitled to post such sign, the landlord 3 day notice and house rules section of Jade Beck/AAGLA is unlawful as it violates tenant rights under State civil code section 1940.4. The landlord and his agents were warned previous times on this issue.
11. The owner has not served tenants with a copy of the 2018 Rent Registration renewal for units, as required by rent control, which such lack of service prohibits the landlord from demanding or collecting rent.
12. I primarily consider the 3 day notice from AAGLA/ Barratt/ Renfrew to be unlawful retaliation because I complained of race discrimination and made code violation complaints.
13. Your 3 day notice is dated October 31 2018 and served today; I did not see any sign posted in unit 9 window on Oct 31 or today.
All rights reserved.
[Tenant 9 name redacted]
1522 Hi Point St 9
Los Angeles CA 90035
c: California Teacher’s Association, AFSCME Local 3299 Issues, Aids Healthcare Foundation ACCE Action, Citizens Police Advisory Board Los Angeles, FBI, Secretary State Alex Padilla, Internal Revenue Service, FPPC, HUD, DFEH, Department of Real Estate Los Angeles Licensing Bureau, AAGLA, Eviction Defense Network, ACLU, Los Angeles Ethics Commission, Black Lives Matter, Facebook, HUD, Los Angeles Tenants Union, Ali Mozannar
reference: Apts on the left side of this building are about 19.5 feet wide and the apartments on the right side are 17.5 feet wide. The building is the subject of code enforcement violation complaint 693721 received by the city Los Angeles dated October 9, 2018. All tenants named in the Complaint include: Zachary Burch, Daniel Dirgo, Joseph Perez, Heidi Cravens, Tyler Ruggeri, Rafael Duran, Rachel Connell, Sean Sinclair, Cristina & Tony, Mario Godiva, Mary Mondrus, Bryan Bellio, LEE KAPLAN, William T. Barnhart; Mary Riveral.
reference: Unit 9 tenants remain without a working intercom, without a tandem parking stall, and without rent reimbursements for reduction of housing services.
Retaliation and Agent Liability
CCC Section 1942.5.
(a) If the lessor retaliates against the lessee because of the exercise by the lessee of his rights under this chapter or because of his complaint to an appropriate agency as to tenantability of a dwelling, and if the lessee of a dwelling is not in default as to the payment of his rent, the lessor may not recover possession of a dwelling in any action or proceeding, cause the lessee to quit involuntarily, increase the rent, or decrease any services within 180 days of any of the following: (c) It is unlawful for a lessor to increase rent, decrease services, cause a lessee to quit involuntarily, bring an action to recover possession, or threaten to do any of those acts, for the purpose of retaliating against the lessee because he or she has lawfully organized or participated in a lessees’ association or an organization advocating lessees’ rights or has lawfully and peaceably exercised any rights under the law. In an action brought by or against the lessee pursuant to this subdivision, the lessee shall bear the burden of producing evidence that the lessor’s conduct was, in fact, retaliatory. (f) Any lessor or agent of a lessor who violates this section shall be liable to the lessee in a civil action for all of the following:
1) The actual damages sustained by the lessee.
2) Punitive damages in an amount of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than two thousand dollars ($2,000) for each retaliatory act where the lessor or agent has been guilty of fraud, oppression, or malice with respect to that act.
(h) The remedies provided by this section shall be in addition to any other remedies provided by statutory or decisional law.
CCC Section 1942.5 is Invoked
Vote Yes Prop 10 Sign.jpeg (863.15KB)
2018-11-1 Notice 3 Day from Walter.pdf (2.80MB)
(Editor note: this email has been redacted but is a Publicly Accessible Document.)
Keller Williams Real Estate can be reached at 310-432-6400. Jade Beck can be reached at 818-732-5441. Walter Barratt and Cliff Renfrew can be reached at 310-367-5884. Hi Point Apts LLC claims to be a member of AAGLA (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles). These people believe Blacks and Latinos are not entitled to fair housing.
Rent agreements/leases can not contain any provisions that violate rights under local, state or federal laws.
California Civil Code (excerpt)
1940.4. (a)Except as provided in subdivision(c),a landlord shall not prohibit a tenant from posting or displaying political signs relating to any of the following:
(1) An election or legislative vote, including an election of a candidate to public office.
(2) The initiative, referendum, or recall process.
(3) Issues that are before a public commission, public board, or elected local body for a vote.
(b) Political signs may be posted or displayed in the window or on the door of the premises leased by the tenant in a multifamily dwelling, or from the yard, window, door, balcony, or outside wall of the premises leased by a tenant of a single-family dwelling.
(c) A landlord may prohibit a tenant from posting or displaying political signs in the following circumstances:
(1) The political sign is more than six square feet in size.
(2) The posting or displaying would violate a local, state, or federal law.
(3) The posting or displaying would violate a lawful provision in a common interest development governing a document that satisfies the criteria of Section 1353.6.