VENICE, CA – Prosecutor Mike Feuer said Tuesday his office had received an injunction against the owners of the Ellison Apartments in Venice to prevent them from operating the apartment complex as a hotel or short-term rental.
According to fire, this is Ellison, a 58-unit building on Paloma Ave. 15, approved for residential use only and divided into zones, and contains residential units that fall under the city's rent stabilization ordinance.
"The court's decision is an important step in our fight to protect scarce, rent-stabilized apartments from being converted into short-term rents illegally," said fire. "Today it's the Ellison in Venice. Tomorrow it will be another building in a different neighborhood, where residents are battling over LA's affordable housing crisis. It is imperative that we do everything we can to maintain and create housing." people can actually afford. "
The Ellison is owned by Lance Jay Robbins Paloma Partnership and 7th Street Associates. The City News Service was unable to reach either of these for comment.
Fire said the city had presented evidence to the court showing that the owners operated the Ellison as a hotel and for short-term stays in violation of the city's city law. "The Ellison Suites," as advertised online, charged $ 150 to $ 300 a night, checked guests in at a hotel-style front desk, and gave them key cards to access rooms and buildings during their stay, he said. It promotes "flexible rental conditions" with monthly, 3-month, 9-month and 12-month stays.
The owners initially only rented a few units on short notice, but have now expanded into a much larger hotel operation, Feuer said.
The prosecutor added that the owners of the Ellison have been pushing long-term renters to rent more units for short-term stays.
A 2019 study by the California Housing Partnership found that Los Angeles is short of 516,946 affordable rental units to meet current demand for people in the area. Los Angeles County renters must earn $ 47.52 an hour – more than three times the local minimum wage – to be able to afford the median asking rent of $ 2,471 per month, according to the report.
– City News Service and Patch Editor Nicole Charky contributed to this report.