Tenants in Highland Park rent strike lose crucial court battle

HIGHLAND PARK – Bad news for some residents at the Marmion Royal Apartments. A judge has rejected their claim of discrimination by the management company, according to the L.A. Times. This clears the way for tenants to be evicted in the wake of redevelopment.

“There is no evidence of disparate treatment.” — Superior Court Judge Rupert A. Byrdsong

This ruling means eviction for five tenants who had received eviction notices in May, right after Skya Ventures bought the building for $14.3 million.

Other tenants at Marmion Royal began a rent strike later that year after finding out their rents will skyrocket as the building gets remodeled. This latest ruling also impacts eviction cases that are still pending against many of these other residents.

While the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance limits rent increases to 3% for multi-unit buildings constructed before 1978, the Marmion Royal was built in 1987, and is not covered by this law.

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