Saturday, January 28, 2023 / by Fahad Karamat
From Penthouse to Courthouse: Apartment Association of Greater L.A. Files Fresh Lawsuit Against the City
There's a touch of legal drama brewing in the City of Angels, and it's all happening under the glamorous veil of the rental market. The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) has just announced a fresh lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, seeking to break the ice of an ordinance putting the freeze on rental hikes. Let's dive into this cinematic saga, which is like a courtroom thriller starring our beloved city's housing providers.
The Legalese Behind the Lawsuit
At the heart of the lawsuit, AAGLA alleges that the city is infracting the United States and California Constitutions. Their grievance? Being denied due process, as the city's ordinance effectively prohibits property owners from implementing their annual rent increases mandated by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance.
The Big Freeze: An Ordinance That Chills
The ordinance in question is L.A.'s Rent Freeze Ordinance, a mandate colder than a Malibu winter. It prohibits residential rental property owners from increasing rents on properties under the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance for a year following the end of a declared "Local Emergency." In our case, the freeze extends until February 1, 2024, sending shivers citywide down the spines of rental housing providers.
The Tremors in the Housing Sector
The Rent Freeze Ordinance has been as welcome as an uninvited party crasher in Beverly Hills. According to Cheryl Turner, President of the AAGLA Board of Directors, the ordinance has caused significant financial strain on rental housing providers, forcing many to abandon their rental businesses, tap into retirement savings, or even face foreclosure.
The Legal Battles of the Past and Present
This isn't AAGLA's first rodeo. Earlier this year, the association brought two other lawsuits against the city, challenging two renter protection ordinances. And if you think that's all, remember, this is L.A. – there's always another plot twist. In December 2022, AAGLA joined forces with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association, filing a joint lawsuit to overturn Measure ULA – the so-called 'mansion tax.'
Regarding the glamorous world of L.A. real estate, it's not all sunshine and pool parties. The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles' recent lawsuit against the city highlights the icy chill of rental regulations, proving that the path to luxury living isn't ais sometimes with golden bricks.
As we navigate this unfolding drama, let's remember the timeless wisdom of Aristotle Onassis, who once said, "The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows." So, stay tuned, L.A., for the next exciting chapter in our city's real estate saga.