After the new owners began raising rents on renovated units by 50% earlier this year, the tenants said in late June that they planned to withhold rent. They also demanded that the owners — Skya Ventures, a Tarzana investment company — give them leases covered by the city’s rent control ordinance. Now, the Times says 60-day “no fault” eviction notices have now been handed out to many of the tenants.
Though the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance limits the size of annual rent increases, the law does not cover this property since those protections apply only to multi-unit buildings built before 1978; the Marmion Royal was built in 1987.
According to an earlier story by EGP, most of the tenants are working-class Latinos, and several receive Section 8 housing subsidies.
The Times notes that Highland Park has been swamped by the wave of gentrification that has already deluged Echo Park and Atwater Village, pushing working-class Latinos out of their old neighborhoods.
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