May 20, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Landlord Takes Away Disabled Tenant’s Parking Space To Force Her To Leave $555 A Month Apartment:

A Santa Monica landlord’s decision to take away a parking space of a disabled tenant in an attempt to force the tenant to leave her $555 a month rent-controlled apartment has led to the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office filing the first lawsuit under a new Anti-Discrimination Law.

According to the lawsuit filed today in Santa Monica Superior Court, the landlord of 1031 16th Street, Solyman Khalili, took away the parking space of a female tenant with a disability without justification, forcing her to park on the street.

The City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division filed the lawsuit, alleging violations of the City’s Housing Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and the Tenant Harassment Ordinance.

With the assistance of the Consumer Protection Division, the tenant provided medical documentation showing that due to her disability, she needed a parking space close to her apartment.

The City alleges that despite the documentation and the reasonableness of the parking request, the landlord refused to restore the tenant’s parking space.

Deputy City Attorney Gary Rhoades told The Mirror the landlord took the tenant’s space away in August 2014, forcing the tenant to park on the street.

Rhoades said the tenant made it clear to the landlord at the time that she needed the parking spot as an accommodation to her disability.

“[The City Attorney’s office] stepped in and made another request on her behalf,” Rhoades said. “By January of this year, it was clear they were not going to give her the space back.”

The case against Khalili is the first one filed under a new City law that protects tenants with disabilities from housing discrimination.

The law, enacted in November 2014, requires landlords to provide to tenants reasonable accommodations based on their disabilities.

Rhoades said the City Attorney’s office tried to resolve the case without litigation.

“We help tenants and landlords resolve dozens of disability-related cases every year,” said Rhoades. “But in the rare situation where a landlord refuses to make an accommodation that’s reasonable and needed, we will turn to the courts under our new law.”

In the complaint, the tenant is listed as living in a rent-controlled unit and due to the length of her tenancy and rent control law, her monthly rent is $555, which is low in relation to comparable market rate units in the same area.

According to the complaint, the defendant asked the tenant to give up her tenancy in exchange for $5,000 in fall of 2013 as an attempt to persuade her to vacate, but the tenant rejected the offer. The tenant, who The Mirror has decided to not name for respect of privacy, has lived in her apartment since 1998.

Rhoades said once Khalili is served the lawsuit, he will have 30 days to respond.

Khalili could not be reached immediately for comment.

in News
Related Posts

Shared Mobility Plummets in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Recent report also shows that nearly half of riders make over $100,000 By Sam Catanzaro Shared mobility use in Santa...

Christopher Dishlip Selected as Santa Monica’s New Assistant Director of Public Works

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Public Works Director Rick Valte announced the selection of Christopher Dishlip as Santa Monica’s new Assistant Director of Public Works....

Letter to Editor: Response to Himmelrich’s “We Walk the Talk” Column

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

By Beau Marks As a Santa Monica resident, I am dismayed by Sue Himmelrich’s response (“We Walk the Talk,” Santa...

Motional And UberEats Launch Autonomous Deliveries In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

There Are Plans For Expansion Into The Rest Of Los Angeles Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Uber Technologies...

Winston Pies Opening Third Location In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

The restaurant used to be known as ButterCrust Pies Winston Pies is staying in Santa Monica when opening their third...

Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Survive, But The Species May Not Be Doomed

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Hope remains for the porpoise species not only survive but thrive with human help. By Stuart Wolpert The vaquita porpoise,...

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

33 Films From 18 Countries In One Week. By Dolores Quintana Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down,...

Man Who Murdered His Family Members Pleads Guilty To Five Other Killings

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Escobar injured an additional seven other people as well.  By Dolores Quintana A man, Ramon Escobar, has pleaded guilty to...

The price of gasoline in Los Angeles County Has Experienced The Largest Increase Since February

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Gasoline prices in Orange County Have Also Increased By Dolores Quintana Regular self-serve gasoline in the county of Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Travel Summit Of 2022 Returns To Take On Tomorrow

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

The Event Was Held At The Jonathan Club On Santa Monica Beach By Staff Writer The 2022 Santa Monica Tourism...

City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program: Santa Monica Beat – May 16th, 2022

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program * Santa Monica High School Students...

1221 Ocean Avenue Complex Sold For Record Price

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Sold for a record price of $330 million. By Dolores Quintana The Irvine Company has sold 1221 Ocean Avenue to...

Office Construction Is Starting To Rise In Los Angeles

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Property vacancies are still affecting growth.  By Dolores Quintana In March, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area had 3.2 million square...

Santa Monica City Council Selects Doug Sloan as New City Attorney

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

At its meeting this week, the Santa Monica City Council appointed Doug Sloan to serve as Santa Monica’s next City...

Landmark Theater Closing in Former Westside Pavillion

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

Theater will close at the end of month By Sam Catanzaro The Landmark Pico theater at the former Westside Pavillion...