This page is directed specifically at tenants who live in the building. I will try to update this page periodically for tenants who I am not able to reach in person. Please pass this on if you live in the building or know someone who does.
Update August 5 2017
Tenants have complained about ants, silverfish, and termites!
Come on down!
Update April 7 2017
[Editor note: Do tenants at 1522 Hi Point St know what it is like to get asbestos dust poisoning? Do they realize it takes years for the cancer to form? Well since there are 3 more units to undergo renovations —I am sure tenants have seen the asbestos dust on the floors and parking lot in the past, which they track into their units —that is three more chances for the tenants to possibly get asbestos contamination due to unsafe work practices. Three more chances. Do you think the owner and the city will tell you the truth about this? Research Asbestosis ]
Civil rights. City Los Angeles Employee code inspector Robert Galardi under Mayor Eric Garcetti, with a host of other employees, admitted by letter March 6, 2017 that numerous Black tenants were deprived of due process rights and never served with a THP application before vacating their units from 2014-2017, proving that city officials conspired with property owners to deprive mostly Black tenants of rights under the city tenant habitability ordinance. Remember the Tuskegee syphilis experiment on Blacks? However, the county District Attorney refuses to prosecute those responsible.
News of this site appears in the Los Angeles USC DAILY TROJAN Housing Guide Mar 30 page S12 and the SAN DIEGO READER Mar 29 page 14 top left. Here are the links to both publications: USC Daily Trojan Housing Guide and San Diego Reader.
Update January 4 2017
Unsafe electrical problems at 1522 Hi Point Apartments
In 1972 the city of Los Angeles Code enforcement under authority of the State Building Code passed for inspection and tenant occupancy the wiring in this building which includes the intercom wiring. In 2015 and continuing, when a tenant noted the wiring not working, the city code enforcement, and the County of Los Angeles, the very ones who approved the wiring, claimed they had no jurisdiction over the wiring [a clear failure to comply with duties under the state Building Code]. Well everyone knows what happened in Oakland recently with the warehouse fire and negligent code enforcement. In 2014 city Los Angeles code inspector Richard Brinson, case number 491005, issued a written notice and order to comply stating about 1522 Hi Point Apartments “the housing department has determined this building to be substandard per section 24436.5 of the State Revenue and Taxation Code. When a building is determined to be substandard as defined under section 17920.3 of the Health and Safety code, a notice of non-compliance is recorded at the Los Angeles County recorders office.” Based on two apartments that the owner had not secured proper permits, the entire building was declared substandard. In 2015-2016 County and City officials were still lying about the substandard conditions at 1522 Hi Point Apartments after tenants discovered the city had approved apartment occupancies without the proper safety inspections and permits, and had installed sewer checkouts without any permits whatsoever. So a few days ago around December 26, 2016 tenants may have noticed the electrical problems in the building and the affect on parts of the intercom system. But after complaints by white tenants, just seven days later, the affected parts of the intercom system were repaired. But the Black tenant who has complained about his non-working intercom for over 800 days (two and a half years) still cannot get his intercom repaired no matter how many white inspectors city, county, and state he has reported it to. BlackMan said, “My friends just love coming to the building and after realizing my intercom doesn’t work, they just start ringing anybody’s doorbell.” Can you say racial discrimination? How do we keep Blacks out of these neighborhoods? Why would Blacks want “full and equal” housing “terms, conditions, or privileges”;
aren’t those services only reserved for White People? No wonder they call 1522 Hi Point Apartments the “torture chamber”.
Update Jan 2 2017
LB Property Management Forces Illegal Rent on Tenants?
State of California Secretary of State Business Portal lists Walter Barratt as the manager for Hi Point Apts, LLC dba 1522 Hi Point Apartments. LB Property Management recently took over management duties [Barratt is still the agent for service] and gave tenants options to pay the rent as (1) in person about 18 miles from the property, (2) by mail, and (3) electronically. TRUTH IS: First, State law says that tenants do not have to travel more than five miles to pay the rent at the owner’s bank, but the owner has refused to provide that information. Second, mailing rent is not a good option because rent can be lost in the mail or if your check arrives early it can be cashed by the bank and a predated check is illegal. Third, the previous option to pay rent to the site lock box appears to be discontinued. Fourth, the owner nor the new management company told tenants that the electronic option will cause tenants to incur a processing fee thru Paylease. This appears to result in an illegal rent increase thus a complaint may be filed with Los Angeles rent control. For example if your pay your rent with Paylease using “echeck” the fee is $3.00. But if you choose to use your credit card, the fee is
a whopping $46.95
presumably each time you pay rent! Has Hi Point Apts LLC not heard of Bill pay, a free option that many banks offer? Just think if retail merchants charged $46.95 every time you ordered online. In this rent control building, the rents are regulated by the rental agreement and the city rent control ordinance which does not authorize a rent “processing fee”.
Visa Operating Regulations [visible online] state that a third party payment processing company cannot charge a fee to tenants who pay rent to a property owner. Tenants impacted may have to file a complaint with rent control or their bank. Some tenants’ rent agreements may say that rent must be paid to the resident manager with no mention of credit card payments being allowed.
Welcome to 1522 Hi Point Apartments.
Update December 5, 2016
Today about 3:30 p.m. a tenant was found dead in his apartment at Hi Point Apartments (90035). Friends quickly arrived. Our prayers and sympathy go out to family and friends. The tenant appeared to be well loved. Always seems like a good practice to show your appreciation for others and their gifts on a daily basis, for time waits for no one.
Update November 22, 2016- Potpouri
[What follows is a snippet of court related happenings. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks].
- In the court case, other attorneys and defendants have linked the Ashcroft v. Iqbal terrorism case to 1522 Hi Point Apartments (90035). The terrorism case is used in court documents by defendants Hi Point Apts, LLC, the State of California, and the City of Los Angeles government and employees Armida Olguin-Flores, Barbara Brascia, Richard Brinson, Charles Garcia, as stated in court document 103, filed 11-7-2016, page ID 2610, paragraph 25. Lawyers for same defendants include Martin Ageson, Robert P. Moore, Mike Feuer, Jared A. Barry.
- The Los Angeles city government under Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared that the Black tenant is not entitled to fair housing intercom, maintenance, or parking at 1522 Hi Point St Apartments. Some lawyers believe the racist corrupt practices of the city government have affected Black tenants all across the city. Garcetti is named in select exhibits to the complaint.
- Can you guess what major Los Angeles law firm has contracts with the City government of Los Angeles and their acts of housing discrimination?
- In a related appeal of part of the Hi Point racism-terror case, the Ninth Circuit has said in an order November 16 2016 that is has no jurisdiction over the United States Constitutional due process rights. Anarchy in the courts.
- Still no word why four intercoms remain un repaired. Not only is this a violation of the tenant’s right to maintenance but it also affects the health and safety of tenants who rely on the intercom. In court documents, the Judge Andrew J. Wistrich has been asked to order the intercoms repaired and order the restoration of tandem parking stalls to select tenants. The Judge has also been asked to order sanction of $2 million dollars each against Thomas L. Watters, law firm Hart, Watters & Carter, Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc, Cliff Renfrew, Walter Barratt, Hi Point Apts, LLC, Jared A. Barry, the Barry Law Group. See court document 93, filed Oct. 24 2016, page ID 2377.
- But it is not just the intercom, and parking denied, it is the fact the city rent adjustment board [rent control] says that tenants are entitled to a rent reduction $$$$$ for the loss of housing services. That to some makes the denial of intercom maintenance much more important because tenants are entitled to damages plus attorney fees.
- Julie Cross of LB Property Management, Inc of Sherman Oaks, when faced with charges of racial discrimination and retaliation against her company, has refused to explain why intercoms have not been repaired or replaced over a three year period, while said company continues to take tenant’s rent monies month after month.The Los Angeles District attorney office said they will not investigate criminal fraud unless the amount of damages is over $300,000. LB Property Management is a designated agent of Hi Point Apts, LLC.
- The city of Los Angeles defendants failed to file a timely response to the complaint CV16-03236 JLS filed May 11 2016, Los Angeles Central District Court. Plaintiff filed a motion for default entry, court docket 95, filed 10-21-2016, page ID 2456 and page ID 2480, against the City, and asks for $150,240 in damages and $501 million dollars in punitive/exemplary damages against the City.
- Thinking of moving to 1522 Hi Point St (90035)? This is what a former tenant said about Hi Point Apartments, as told to various federal, state, and local officials and the property owner, and as quoted in the lawsuit. The words were written by a United States Air Force employee:“As you are well aware we have had many domestic terror attacks on many innocent military members.” “You are welcome to request that my significant other be fired, but you WILL NOT ALLOW other tenants to be domestic terrorists.” Tenant Willie J. Allen, USAF. From Court FAC Docket # 36-1, page ID 1244; court document 104, page ID 2630, filed Nov 7 2016.
Updated October 8, 2016
Attorney Links Terrorism Case to Racism at Hi Point Apts
Los Angeles- The County of Los Angeles and employee Alan Chen through their lawyer have linked a terrorism case to the so called “Nigger” case that involves racism allegations at an 18 unit apartment building at 1522 Hi Point St 90035.
The statements were made by attorney Renee Jensen in civil rights case Central District CV16-03236 JLS (AJW), filed May 11, 2016, in papers Jensen filed on September 28, 2016 on behalf of the Los Angeles County and Alan Chen. Jensen quotes the Terrorism case on page v, and page 3 of her court filed document. The terrorism case is Ashcroft v. Iqbal 556 U.S. 662 (2009) in which it is stated “Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, respondent Iqbal, a Pakistani Muslim, was arrested on criminal charges and detained by federal officials under restrictive conditions.” The court documents filed by the County seem to be a recognition that terrorism allegations were made at the apartment building but present and incoming tenants were never told by government officials or the property owner of the terrorism allegations. The terrorism allegations are quoted in the case Complaint exhibits.
The civil rights case against the County of Los Angeles also complains about corruption of city of Los Angeles employee inspectors, similar to allegations by a Los Angeles City Fire Chief damage claim against the City of Los Angeles. The word “corruption” is stated nine times in the Complaint, not including the Exhibits.
Updated September 19 2016
Los Angeles, California officials say Black tenant perceived 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]
Update September 10, 2016
1. BETWEEN 2014 and 2015, about 14 apartments out of 18 suffered primary renovations with a lot of [but not all] modern fixtures installed. But guess what, all of the tenants who moved into those apartments moved out in less than two years. Now out of the second wave of new tenants who have moved into the renovated apartments, three have moved out. This building just cannot keep tenants for various reasons. If you move here, you will find out why. 1522 Hi Point St 90035.
2. HARD WOOD FLOORS. The owner installed hard wood floors in fourteen of the 18 apartments. Pros and cons: some feel hard wood floors are easier to clean than carpets and more sanitary. But if you live below someone who has hard wood floors, you may experience an amplification of noise. In this building there was no attempt by the owner to muffle the sound of the hard wood second floor tenants. You don’t know what noise is until you have a tenant above you who always walks in heels on a hard wood floor.
3. DOGS AND DOGS. This building does allow pets. They even allow one tenant to run a dog walking service out of their apartment. [Is this area zoned for that?] Pros: If you like dogs and whatever mess and fleas etc come with them. Cons: Sometimes is seems like a lot of dogs in the hallways making a lot of noise and barking. Biggest objection I have, that is ignored by the manager and owner, is that the owner allows the dog walking service to let their dogs run loose in the hallways and common area parking lot. I witnessed one repair person attacked by a medium sized dog in the parking lot, such dog that was not on a leash. I anticipate someone will get bit one day.
4. SAFETY AND SECURITY: For various reasons this building is on the unsafe and unsanitary list. The owner picks and chooses who gets repairs and who doesn’t. To me that affects everyone’s safety. Oh, remember the management company for this property, WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE ADVISORS, INC., is not to be trusted. One of the entrance doors never seems to be fixed so it never closes properly. At least two previous managers have complained to the labor commissioner that they were not paid properly and you know the Los Angeles rent control government is NOT going to help tenants who complain. There is a nasty cleanout [sewer valve] that empties right onto the walkway, creating a slip and fall hazard for tenants existing that door [it happened once already]. The list goes on….
Update June 15 2016
Video Posts about Hi Point Apts
“Please list any members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who are Ku Klux Klan members.” See the video:
Update April 13 2016
DFEH Discrimination Complaint Filed
On April 11, 2016 the California Department of Fair Employment filed formal charges of race, and age discrimination against Hi Point Apts LLC regarding the 1522 Hi Point St 90035 Faircrest Heights property. Also generally mentioned in the complaint is the Los Angeles city code enforcement and the Los Angeles County Public Health department. The charges are denial of equal terms and conditions after numerous Black tenants were denied a working intercom but whites had the free use of intercoms. LAHCID employees Barbara Brascia, Richard Brinson, and numerous other city and county employees have refused to answer questions about the property. The tandem parking stall practice at the property has also been complained of as discriminatory by tenants.
Update March 19 2016
COUNTY JURISDICTION OVER WIRING. The state Health and Safety code section 17920.3 claims that city and county government inspectors have jurisdiction over “general dilapidation or improper maintenance”, “any nuisance”, “all wiring…”, and “all materials”. When I brought non-working building intercom wiring to the attention of Mayor Eric Garcetti and numerous city and county employees, some told me they do not have jurisdiction because it is “low voltage wiring”. I asked the employees to show me where it says that in the code and they have not been able to. Would city and county employees and the property owner 1522 Hi Point St 90035 expose tenants to unsanitary and unsafe conditions especially if tenants are low income and Black? Of course they would. This is what OSHA says about low voltage wiring. “Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to electric shock, electrocution, burns, fires, and explosions….Longer exposures at even relatively low voltages can be just as dangerous as short exposures at higher voltages. Low voltage does not imply low hazard….These reactions can result in a wide range of other injuries from collisions or falls, including bruises, bone fractures, and even death.”
[The State Building Code says that (sic) inspectors have jurisdiction over all buildings, parts thereof, and all materials used for construction and as detailed in the California Electrical Code. Again, why would government officials like Mayor Eric Garcetti lie about this?]
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.
March 6 2016
I am a firm believer that most landlords are decent people and pay attention to tenant concerns and follow the law. But there is still too many unscrupulous and slum lord owners who will do everything possible to skirt around the law. If you live in this building 1522 Hi Point St (90035), you might want to pay attention to this owner and try to figure out is he acting legally or illegally?
Charges for Parking
There are still pending complaints regarding the discriminatory assignment of parking stalls. Some tenants have single stalls and some have tandem stalls, and the assignments seems to be done in an arbitrary manner without regard to how many cars you have. There are 18 tenants but 20 parkings stalls, and seven are tandem stalls. It is debatable whether the owner can charge outside the rental agreement/lease for parking because some tenant’s rental agreement says parking is at no additional charge (sic). A recent city 2015 government decision said that the owner could only charge for the “extra” tandem stall but the city housing did not define which stall was extra and what the fee is. This is one of those areas that the owner and his employees refuse to talk about. Caution flag #1.
What rent do you pay?
Did you ask the owner what the previous tenant paid? Did you ask the owner why did the previous tenant move out? These answers will determine are you paying the correct rent. Rent Stabilization regulations determine that for one instance rent can be raised any amount if the previous tenant vacated voluntarily. Of the nine units recently renovated, there is evidence that some tenants claimed they moved due to harassment from the owner; many tenants moved out without the required THP application. So you might ask the owner and rent control agency are you being charged the correct rent. The gain could be substantial. Caution flag #2.
Can I be charged for an extra tenant?
See the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization [“RSO”] Bulletin “Additional Tenants”. Yes, the landlord can charge 10% for additional tenants. What is an added tenant? The RSO defines “a guest is not considered an additional tenant until they have lived in the unit for 30 or more consecutive days.” Do the math. A friend who stays for three weeks and then leaves for two days would not be considered an additional tenant. Caution flag #3.
Are you breathing asbestos?
See different sites on what is asbestos poisoning. It is assumed in this pre 1978 building that asbestos exists. As the building has undergone renovations [disturbance of the walls containing the asbestos], it is possible many apartments contain more asbestos than usual. Around October 2015 the city government inspector Charles Garcia ruled that at least one apartment in the building did not receive adequate asbestos inspection and removal; he ordered further testing and of course the owner has not done it yet. Do you feel like trusting this owner? That means that possibly all of the fourteen renovated apartments did not receive adequate testing or asbestos removal since the same contractor was presumably used. The owner will probably try to deny what the city inspector said around October 2015. Caution flag #4.
Do I have to pay my rent electronically?
I don’t believe the owner has to advise you of your legal rights, but he/she cannot intentionally omit or fraudulently misrepresent your rights. I believe paying your rent electronically is optional [I would not do this owner any favors]. Here is what California law civil code says:
“1947.3. (a) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a landlord or a landlord’s agent shall allow a tenant to pay rent and deposit of security by at least one form of payment that is neither cash nor electronic funds transfer.” Caution flag #5.
An election is coming. Can I post flyers on my door and window?
The owner of the property has passed out "house rules" to tenants stating that they cannot post flyers on doors and windows; told tenants to report other tenants who do, and threatened one tenant with eviction after he posted political flyers. What does California state law say?
“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.”
Is it a crime for the owner to take my rent but violate my rights to post flyers?
Yes, fraud can be a civil as well as criminal offense since the landlord is taking rent money after misrepresenting a material fact. See the penal code 484-502.9. Caution flag #6.
Why is the owner resisting ideas to make the building more secure?
Crime is increasing in this area and especially considering the recent reports of terrorism in the building. First, the owner doesn’t live there so why should he care. Second, the intercom system does not work properly as repeatedly reported to the city, county, and owner. Second, all kinds of people have the keypad entry code. Third, tenants have requested a building door peephole but the owner refuses to respond. Caution flag #7.
Has this been reported to city, county, and federal government officials?
Yes, but why would they give a damn.
Is there theft in the building?
Previous tenants accused the owner and his agents of theft and harassment. As late as last month, the owner and his agents have been accused of theft after the owner admitted removing flyers from a tenant's doors and in another incident tenant notices were stolen from in front of a tenant's door. [Disclaimer. This site is for the purpose of providing information In the Public Interest. It is not intended to give legal advice nor is the author an attorney. You are encouraged to visit the free local law library and do your own research or do so online.]
Click below link for more information on the lawsuit:
Updated December 17 2016
Unsafe work practices : what will Whites continue to be subjected to?
The property 1522 Hi Point Apartments has previously been cited for unsafe work practices and inadequate lead and asbestos cleanup according to City of Los Angeles public documents. It is estimated that further primary renovations at the property will continue to expose white tenants to health and safety risks.
Remember the Oakland Warehouse fire where city code inspectors were accused of not doing their job? Well, in Los Angeles city code inspectors were criticized in the September 26, 2015 served “tenant appeal of tenant habitability plan and request for hearing”. The 26 [twenty six ] page report from tenant #9 was largely ignored by city officials. Here are some excerpts:
“The modified THP must state that primary renovation, and any and all related work and , repair crews for all remaining units, will be at the property between 8:00 a.m. And 5:00 pm Mon thru Friday only. Any repairs or related actions by workers being done on the property after that time are prohibited.”
“That currently demolition crews carry broken drywall and dust thru the hallways and parking lot; that the doors of entry to all units being renovated must be covered with double plastic as well as a closed door; that hallways and common areas will be vacuumed on a daily basis and all door facings, railings, stairways will also be vacuumed or similarly cleaned or wiped down in accordance with Safe Working Practices regarding lead paint dust and asbestos fibers hazards. Workers will take the maximum amount of steps to assure that they do not track drywall dust onto the hallway carpet, common areas, front and back doorways. Almost every day I witness drywall dust footprints in the carpet in the hallways.”
“That in the THP the owner will address mitigation steps to reduce harmful exhaust emissions into bedroom window of apt 9 tenants occurring when vehicles exiting the parking lot have to stop for the motorized gate to open.”
“That tenants in apt 9 will be temporarily moved to apt 18, which is located above apt 9, so it is particularly important that workers adhere to tenant habitability regulations and quiet enjoyment at all times.” [Editor: At the October 28, 2015 city hearing on the appeal– an audio tape is available from the city— the owner agent Cliff Renfrew said he did not know if apt 18 or apt 15 would be used for temporary relocation. However, the tenant at the hearing noted that Apt 18 was already leased and apt. 15 was occupied. No action was taken against the owner for lying. That is how Los Angeles code enforcement works.]
“That in the THP owner will summarize rent reductions as for loss of tandem parking stall, shared utility rent reduction, lack of door entry rent reduction, and deprivation of visitor stall and reduction in rent. Tenants apartment #9 have been repeatedly skipped over for available tandem parking stalls without the owner giving a reason for this denial of housing service privilege.” [Editor: evidence of city racism and corruption at its best.]
“That the owner applied for permits on May 12 2014 for “remodel of kitchen and bathroom for units” #1-18. Such applications were not communicated by owner to tenants Apt 9. That May 2014 until now September 2015 is an excessive and sustained amount of time for demolitions, utility shutoffs, dust, noise, and deprivation of quiet enjoyment to tenants [and apt 9] that has occurred over a 16 month period and will continue because at least three more apartments will face primary renovations.”
“That the owner will agree to keep the grounds on a daily basis free of rubbish, rodents, and other pests as well as free from trucks containing debris, as required under CC 1941.1(f).”
“That at numerous times [ also Sept 14 at 5:56 pm at Apt 1] I witnessed that at doors for apts undergoing demolition, there was a gap under the door of about two inches which allowed dust and odors to escape into the common areas; that the owner will take adequate containment measures to keep contaminants from entering the common areas of the building from demolished units; that owner and maintenance crews will conduct a proper clearance of all asbestos dust hazard area apartment units.”
“THP must address: Apt 9 as well as apt 18 are on the left side of the building. The left side is the same side of the vehicle parking lot. Vehicles in the lot that pull in to parking, when backing out, spew cancer causing exhaust fumes into the open bedroom window particularly of apt. 9. Owner has not addressed, infact opposed, any mitigation efforts to redesign the parking lot to mitigate the cancerous causing exhaust fumes. Also, the impact of exhaust fumes has been increased due to building demolition that started in March 2014 : (1) rather than park on the street, construction crews’ numerous vehicles pull in and out the parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to (sometimes) up to 7:30 p.m., thus increasing exhaust fumes entering apt 9, and (2) because the owner installed a motorized gate, vehicles now have to wait for the gate to open and while their car idles, especially a few cars/trucks with exhaust systems needing repair, even more hazardous auto exhaust fumes enter the apt 9; this is a deprivation of habitability, health and safety hazard, and deprivation of quiet enjoyment that is anticipated to continue excessively for another four apartments. This should be addressed in the THP.”
“The THP must mention the use of a dust extractor for the units being demolished. Workers currently walk thru the common areas with presumed hazardous materials like dust, drywall, etc. on their clothes.”
“For purposes of health and safety, owner must install a wide angle peep hole viewer to the front door.” [Editor: the owner has refused to do so.]
“Owner agrees to set up air locks to mitigate dust and debris settling into the common areas from apartments being demolished.” [Editor: owner has refused to do so.]
“Owner agrees that he will comply with RAC regulations 713.02.3 “Scope of work” and address in the THP: regulation 713.04.4 “Impact on Habitability” and noise, utility interruption, exposure to toxic or hazardous materials [example: exhaust fumes as detailed previously herein, asbestos, etc.] and disruption of other tenant services [example: the door entry system, and deprivation of tandem parking stall after installation of motorized gate].” [Editor: owner has refused to do so.]
“The lead and asbestos inspections appear faulty because there was no testing of the carpet or common areas or testing of apartments that were previously demolished. Bear in mind that tenants #9 did not receive advance notice of lead or asbestos testing; that both tenants were present in the apartment on September 10 and no one mentioned they were doing lead tests, [instead] telling us their were checking the smoke alarms.” [Editor: evidence of the lying owner and maintenance crew.]
“Since we have to move back into the unit #9 after repairs, owner must agree at his own expense to conduct asbestos and lead testing again prior to tenants #9 moving back in to assure the mitigation of lead and asbestos hazards.” [Editor: owner has not agreed to this nor has he moved forward with the primary renovations. The city ICIDLA and code enforcement are witnesses.]
“The State Health and Safety code section 17920.3(d) requires that all wiring in city buildings must be in “good and safe condition and working properly.” Intercoms to apts 9, 8, 5, 15 have not been working properly.”
“Hi Point Apts LLC is a slum landlord.”
“City regulations require that primary renovation permits cannot clear unless a THP and notice of primary renovation has been filed and served. The owner must modify and admit for the purposes of the THP that before starting primary renovations he did not serve THP’s on tenants #1, 14, 16, 10, 18, 6, 11. The primary renovation permits for those apartments should not have been cleared by LAHCID; thus no CFO (sic) , or as amended, should have issued, thus rents were collected illegally. Further, no rent increase can result from those apartments since there is no THP to show the previous THP tenant vacated the unit voluntarily; a landlord cannot raise the rent if the tenant did not vacate voluntarily. If the owner did file THP’s, let him supply them for purposes of the THP appeal hearing.”[Editor: by ignoring these safety concerns, the city and owner has put White tenants at risk in the building.]
“For purposes of the THP modify, the city government will admit in writing that permits were cleared improperly for units at 1522 Hi Point St where no THP or notice of primary renovation was filed; that the landlord is prohibited from raising the rents in such units where there was no THP filed and served.” [Editor: it appears tenants who are White and paying over $1700 for rent are paying an illegal rent based on the lack of THP for their units during primary renovations. This is another example of how the city government conspires to cheat tenants out of rent monies.]
“Due to the city LAHCID’s failure to enforce LAMC and RSO regulations, LAHCID and RSD will suspend all operations for 30 days pending federal review by HUD.”
“Possible permit violations may have occurred to other apartments in this 18 unit building as structural changes may be occurring to the bathroom-bedroom areas and kitchen areas: new drywall being installed in both locations changing the size of the bathroom, bedroom, and the kitchen. Code enforcement has been aware of this for months since they do the final inspection before issuing the CFO (sic).”
“Voicemail received from Inspector Green dated August 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm.: “Yes, good afternoon. This is inspector Green calling from the LA Housing Department trying to reach [tenant]. There was an inspection scheduled for today. Nobody appears to be here. Can’t get access. I guess if there is a further complaint, please call it in. Thank you.”” [Editor: arbitrary inspection times. The inspector was greeted outside but said he did not need to get it. The county of Los Angeles subsequently December 2015 ordered the intercom repaired but the owner has refused to do so.]
“The city government by its actions involving the complaints against Hi Point Apts LLC has directed “separate and unequal” housing facilities and services in violation of local, state, and federal civil rights laws.”
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” Martin Niemöller
“The question shouldn’t be “Why are you, a Christian, here in a death camp, condemned for trying to save Jews?’ The real question is “Why aren’t all the Christians here?”
― Joel C. Rosenberg, The Auschwitz Escape
[Editor: this document has been excerpted, having been served on the city around September 26 2015.]