An Orange County Superior Court judge Monday continued to block efforts by landlords to gain access to rents being withheld by about 500 tenants in a renters' rebellion in Santa Ana.
Judge Philip E. Schwab continued a temporary restraining order protecting the tenants, many of whom are in the United States illegally, from retaliatory action by landlords.
Five landlords had asked the court to force tenants to place their rent payments in a receivership so the landlords could use the money to repair their properties.
But tenant organizers said a receivership would "endanger" the rent strike. "It loosens the leverage that tenants have," strike organizer Nativo Lopez said.