A preliminary injunction issued Monday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has not resolved a dispute between West Hollywood and five landlords over whether the city's Rent Stabilization Commission can conduct hearings on excess-rent cases.
Lawyers for the five landlords went to court in April, seeking a court order to stop the rent commission from hearing any tenant complaints about landlords who demand excessively high rents. In a decision issued two weeks ago, Judge David Rothman precluded the commission from forcing landlords to refund excessive rent payments to their tenants.
But neither that ruling nor an injunction issued on Monday by Rothman has bridged the gap between the city and the landlords who filed the suit.
Attorneys David M. Shell and Craig Mordoh, who are representing the landlords, said the judge's most recent order forbids the city from holding any excess-rent hearings. "The judge was as plain as day," Mordoh said. "The city cannot hold any hearings on excess rent, period."