The city of Santa Monica has been granted an injunction to require a landlord to correct fire, building and health code violations in three 14th Street apartment buildings.
The injunction, granted Nov. 22 by Superior Court Judge Raymond Choate, requires landlord Abraham Feldman to correct the violations and prohibits him from verbally abusing or threatening tenants, entering their apartments without permission and tampering with locks or doors to the units, according to court documents filed by the city attorney's office.
Feldman must meet code specifications, including repairs to exposed electrical wires, leaking gas lines and defective plumbing.
Feldman began correcting the violations three weeks ago after an inspection of the buildings by a city fair housing attorney and housing inspector, an electrical contractor and Feldman's attorney. Tenants reported to the city attorney's office last week that some work had begun, Deputy City Atty. Jeffrey Holtzman said.
Feldman could not be reached for comment.
Failure to correct the code violations would have resulted in criminal prosecution by the city, Holtzman said. "If Mr. Feldman didn't repair the units, there were a lot of stern measures the city was ready to initiate," Holtzman said. "We're at a point where he has agreed to correct the conditions.