When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday that eviction notices sent to about 20 developmentally and physically disabled residents of a Monrovia apartment complex were "terminated," some tenants and advocates were cautiously optimistic.
But on Monday, a letter from the attorney representing the owners and property management of Regency Court made believers of those who were notified last month that the complex was always meant to be a senior citizens' apartment community and that anyone younger than 62 would have to leave.
Michelle Uzeta, litigation director for the Housing Rights Center, which filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging discrimination based on age and disability, received a fax this morning from Craig Diamond on behalf of Star-Holdings of Illinois, the owner of Regency Court.
The letter resolved that disabled tenants' leases will be renewed and will not be terminated in the future based on age. It also said disabled applicants whose names had been purged from the waiting list would be reinstated.