Cracking Down On Substandard Housing

From citations to house arrests, Los Angeles is cracking down on deadbeat landlords to improve housing conditions throughout the City.
July 28, 2003, 9am PDT | Connie Chung
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According to the City Attorney's office, legal action against 21 landlords in Los Angeles is "part of an effort to improve housing conditions throughout L.A."--especially those that cater to low-income and transient residents. City officials and residents have cited a slew substandard conditions in some apartment buildings, from minor violations such as leaky faucets to more deplorable conditions, such as locked fire escapes and the stench of urine in the hallways. Although some residents are saying that their apartments are "deplorable" they remain because they "have no other choice." If the landlords are convicted, they face up to six months in jail and fines for each charge.

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Friday, July 25, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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