L.A. Set up a System to Protect Renters. What Happens When It’s Used against Them?


L.A. Set up a System to Protect Renters. What Happens When It’s Used against Them?

2019-05-15T12:45:06-07:00May 15th, 2019|Advocacy|

Debra Stone awoke one Saturday last year and headed to the kitchen to fix herself a latte when she discovered dirty water dripping from the ceiling.

That flooded kitchen marked the beginning of a legal and bureaucratic odyssey for Stone, who has been displaced from her Beverly Grove apartment for more than a year.

Under a “tenant habitability plan” that the owner of her building submitted to the city, fixing the apartment was estimated to take a few months and be done by October. Instead, the process has dragged into this year, as Stone has couch-surfed and battled in court with her landlord, who has sought to evict her from the apartment where she has lived for more than two decades.

“I just want to go home,” she said.

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