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August 19, 1986
It is not against the law for slumlord Nathaniel Wells to continue to run his substandard empire while serving a four-year prison term for a mountain of health- and safety-code violations. But there is something very wrong when he is let off the hook for seizing the property of a tenant whom he evicted, keeping it for four months and not returning all of it when finally ordered by a court to do so.
July 17, 2012 | Jessica Garrison and Angel Jennings
For Mary Sanchez, the vacant, foreclosed home across from hers on Abner Street in El Sereno was an assault on the senses and her piece of mind. Gang members and squatters used it as a stash house. The place stank of dead animals. Mice made constant incursions from across the way onto her property, prompting her to get cats to head them off. Weeds in the yard reached as high as her chest. "It was embarrassing," she said. "When people would come over I would say, 'Look for the ugly house with all the stuff in the lawn.
June 20, 1985
Dr. Milton Avol, the neurosurgeon-landlord from Beverly Hills whose failure to remedy building code violations in his downtown apartment buildings resulted in a sentence of 30 days in jail and 30 days under house arrest in one of his buildings, was ordered to begin serving his jail time this morning. A shocked Avol, who had expected to remain free pending an appeal, was led into custody by sheriff's deputies from the courtroom of Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Veronica Simmons McBeth.
May 5, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles prosecutors are calling Deutsche Bank one of the city's largest slumlords, accusing it of allowing hundreds of properties it owns to fall into disrepair and breed crime. The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against the world's fourth-largest bank, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties and restitution and an injunction forcing it to clean up its foreclosed properties in Los Angeles. The Frankfurt, Germany-based bank has foreclosed on more than 2,000 homes over the last four years in neighborhoods across the city, according to the suit — many concentrated in the northeast San Fernando Valley, northeast Los Angeles and South Los Angeles.
March 3, 1987
Southeast area slumlord Ben Hoktiongtjoa was sentenced to serve 15 days in jail and pay $25,000 in fines after he pleaded no contest to 50 misdemeanor counts of maintaining substandard property and violating the Los Angeles County Health Code. Cary S.
August 16, 1989
Your loose use of the word "slumlord" pinpoints the lack of definition of this term. Highland Federal Savings and Loan stated that we never have knowingly loaned money to a "slumlord." In so doing, we used the city attorney's reference to a "slumlord" as a landlord who has been convicted of one or more housing code violations at his property. Highland Federal has made countless loans to landlords, which were secured by their properties in so-called "slum" areas or whose properties have been designated as in "slum" condition.
April 15, 1988 | JANE FRITSCH, Times Staff Writer
Millionaire slumlord Michael Schaefer lost control of his finances Thursday when a bankruptcy judge ordered that a trustee be appointed to keep Schaefer from spending money that should go to former Los Angeles tenants and others to whom Schaefer owes millions of dollars. "It's a grand slam victory for tenants in this case who have been waiting for seven years," said attorney Brian M. Monkarsh, who represented renters in a class action suit against Schaefer in Los Angeles Superior Court.
September 23, 1990
While reading "Clean Up Act, L.A. Zoo Told" (Part B, Sept. 13), I experienced deja vu . I truly thought I was seeing another article about a slumlord. The animals at the zoo are unable to complain. They, as "tenants," have had their rights violated. We have taken them out of their natural environments and caged them for our enjoyment. We have entrusted their care to Warren Thomas, zoo director, who should have been aware when these slovenly conditions started to appear and should never have let them continue.
July 6, 1986 | Don G. Campbell, Campbell is a Times staff writer.
Whatever happened to the literary hero who looked and sounded like a hero: noble of brow, pure of heart, righteous in motivation? Hail, today, the craven coward . . . the coked-up dope-pusher . . . the prostitute with a heart of flint . . . the unprincipled entrepreneur with his hands in the company till. Wasn't it inevitable, then, that the slum landlord would have his moment of glory, too?
October 5, 1986
"Slumming It With Mike Schaefer" so enraged me that I had to write. It is so upsetting that a person of his lack of integrity is free to run for any office that my American blood boils. Dorothy Nolan Cerritos Michael Schaefer, with 12% of the vote, placed second Sept. 9 in a field of 11 candidates seeking the Maryland Republican U.S. Senate nomination. Former White House aide Linda Chavez was first, with 73%.
January 19, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
The landlord of a residential hotel near downtown Los Angeles who was accused of trying to drive out tenants by cutting phone lines, knocking down walls and ripping out sinks in the rent-controlled building pleaded no contest this week to 10 criminal counts, the city attorney's office announced Friday. Joon Ho Lee, 47, was placed on probation for three years and ordered to repair the building in the 100 block of East 21st Street within a year, authorities said.
May 3, 2007 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
The president of a company accused of forcing hundreds of Los Angeles tenants to live in slum conditions will serve up to five months in jail, the city attorney's office said Wednesday. Darren Stern, president of Landmark Equity Management, pleaded no contest Tuesday to nearly three dozen code violations at three buildings near downtown.
October 26, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo accepted thousands of dollars in political contributions from two landlords accused of operating apartments with slum conditions after he settled a lawsuit against them for a third of the amount the city initially sought. Lance Robbins, called "one of Los Angeles' most notorious landlords" in the lawsuit, and Stanley Treitel have an extensive history of involvement with properties cited for violations.
August 24, 2003 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
For years, housing advocates have complained that the Los Angeles city attorney's office was being too soft on slumlords, too hesitant to prosecute property owners who ignored warnings about cockroach infestations, bad plumbing, faulty wiring and leaky roofs. Now, it seems, slumlords have reason to be wary. Last month alone, the office charged the owners of 11 buildings in the MacArthur Park area with violating fire, building and safety and health codes.
Community leaders and police officers have tried for years to control a problematic apartment complex in a crime-ridden North Hills neighborhood. On Friday, lawmakers announced a new approach to dealing with troubled buildings: legislation that would force apartment owners to live in their complexes to ensure that safety measures are implemented.
A landlord with one of the worst records of slum housing violations in Los Angeles has agreed to an out-of-court settlement in which he pledged to maintain his buildings and to pay $1 million in delinquent Department of Water and Power bills. The landlord, Lance J. Robbins, also agreed to pay $200,000 to a tenants group and its lawyers in the deal presented for certification Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
October 21, 1985
A settlement between the City of Santa Ana and a slumlord is getting very mixed reviews. Carmine Esposito agreed to plead guilty to one of 95 misdemeanor counts of violating the Santa Ana housing code, to renovate his six apartment buildings and to pay $70,000. The city is happy with it. Tenants wanted a sentence more like that in a recent Los Angeles case in which the owner served 30 days in jail and another 30 days in one of his run-down apartments.
January 20, 2002
Re "Tenants Responsible for Living Conditions," Letters, Jan. 5: Let us not forget that a judge weighing all the evidence convicted Sam Menlo of a misdemeanor criminal offense of being a slum landlord in Anaheim. Menlo's actions were so abhorrent that he was sentenced to live in his complex for many months instead of going to jail. It costs money for a landlord to keep up apartments. I know, because I own and manage two buildings. If the bad conditions are caused by the tenant, a landlord should get rid of them or at least charge them for damage.
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