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Going to Appalling Lengths
July 8, 2005
I enjoyed reading The Lookout's article on the millionaire developer abusing the rules of a rent control apartment. ("Court Upholds Rent Board Regulation," July 1, 2005)
I am encouraged to see the Santa Monica Rent Control Board making good judgments regarding the beneficiaries of this apartment assisted living law. It is appalling to see the extent that a renter will go to keep one of these rental privileges when he is obviously breaking the intent of the rules.
In this particular situation, a wealthy developer has no shame in contending that he will no longer be allowed to pay just $900 per month for his penthouse apartment looking over the coast when it is not his primary residence, which is an exclusive home in Beverly Hills
I add that it is incredibly difficult with our government's privacy act for a landlord to obtain proof for the rent control board that the apartment is not the tenant's usual place of return. This arduous task must be done with a lawyer familiar with this unique ordinance and City.
I am presently filing this same regulation 3304 with a tenant in my building that uses my $433 per month apartment as a motel because of his commute from his house to his job with the City.
Thank you for keeping us informed of the developments with the rent control law.
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