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Consumer Protection Unit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 11, 2015

Contact: 
Gary Rhoades, Deputy City Attorney, Consumer Protection Division
Santa Monica City Attorney's Office
310-458-4928

The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Santa Monica apartment building, alleging violations of the City’s Housing Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and the Tenant Harassment Ordinance.

According to the lawsuit filed today in Santa Monica Superior Court, the landlord, Solyman Khalili, took away the parking space of a tenant with a disability without justification, forcing her to park on the street. With the assistance of the Consumer Protection Division, the tenant provided medical documentation showing that due to her disability, she needed a parking space close to her apartment. The City alleges that despite the documentation and the reasonableness of the parking request, the landlord refused to restore the tenant’s parking space.

The case against Khalili is the first one filed under a new City law that protects tenants with disabilities from housing discrimination. The law, enacted in November 2014, requires landlords to provide to tenants reasonable accommodations based on their disabilities.

Deputy City Attorney Gary Rhoades said the City Attorney’s office tried to resolve the case without litigation. “We help tenants and landlords resolve dozens of disability-related cases every year,” said Rhoades. “But in the rare situation where a landlord refuses to make an accommodation that’s reasonable and needed, we will turn to the courts under our new law.”

 

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