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Local Landlords and Management Company Placed on Criminal Diversion

LA Superior Court Judge Places My Suite, LLC and Adam Shekhter In 12-Month Program

By Dolores Quintana

Serious charges of tenant harassment and zoning violations have led to Santa Monica local landlords being put into a criminal diversion program for 12 months. On July 29, 2022, a judge for the California Superior Court placed defendants Adam Shekhter, MySuite, 1238 10th Street, and 1433 Euclid Street, on a 12-month diversion program in connection with misdemeanor criminal charges of tenant harassment, public nuisance, and zoning violations at apartment buildings in Santa Monica owned or managed by the defendants.

As part of the terms of diversion, the defendants are required to pay $80,000 to the City of Santa Monica for tenant protection enforcement and outreach, $20,000 to a former tenant, and $2,000 to a current tenant. 

In its complaint, the People alleged the defendants engaged in multiple illegal acts. The complaint alleges the defendants operated an illegal group residential use by renting apartment units bedroom-by-bedroom to tenants on separate leases. The complaint further alleges the defendants created a public nuisance by providing substandard housing that lacked a kitchen at the 1238 10th Street property. Additionally, the complaint alleges the defendants engaged in tenant harassment by attempting to influence a tenant at 1238 10th Street and a tenant at 1433 Euclid Street to vacate their units through fraud, intimidation, or coercion. 

If the defendants successfully comply with the terms of diversion, the Court will dismiss the charges against the defendants at the end of the diversion period. If the defendants fail to comply with the terms of diversion, the court is authorized to terminate diversion and resume the criminal proceedings.

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