A Message From the President of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles 4/22

Industry News,

This month, there are two issues I must address with you. The first is the status of one our cases which is the “Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles vs. the City of Los Angeles,” a challenge to the City’s eviction moratorium, and the second item is the upcoming, local elections.

Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles vs. the City of Los Angeles

As you probably know by now, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to reconsider the lower court’s decision which denied our request for a court order to issue a preliminary injunction based on the City’s unconstitutional interference with housing providers’ rights under their rental contracts. For those of you who are not familiar with the term preliminary injunction, we requested that the court issue an order to immediately end the moratorium before anyone in the case conducted discovery and before a trial was held in the matter.

Although the Supreme Court did not hear our petition, rest assured the case to stop the City is still pending in the courts. Accordingly, the Association will now have an opportunity to conduct discovery to determine whether it was necessary for the City to impose the eviction moratorium ordinance declaring that renters living in the City were unable to pay any rent whatsoever regardless of income or wealth due to the pandemic, as well as many other issues.

A preliminary injunction may not be available at this moment based on the contracts’ clause argument, but we still have the right to fight our case in court and take it to trial, and/or assert other claims that could support granting an injunction against the City’s ordinance.  I know that there are many Bruins out there, but as we Trojans like to say – “Fight On!!!”  And, we certainly plan to do just that.

Upcoming Local Elections

The Second matter I want to address is the upcoming local election scheduled for June 7, 2022. By the time you receive this month’s issue you should be receiving your mail-in ballots. You should have also received by email or seen in our social media our Board of Director’s recommended endorsements of candidates. I want you to know that our Board of Directors as well as some very active members of the Association engaged in extensive interviews of candidates running for the office of Mayor of Los Angeles and other cities, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and for various  City Councils.

The interviews were held back-to-back over the course of several days. I would like to extend a thank you to everyone who participated in the interviews and panel discussions, and to Danielle Leidner-Peretz, Director of Government Affairs & External Relations, for coordinating each of the interviews. While each of the candidates had varying views on how they would address the critical issues facing our local government and  all presented themselves very well, the Board of Director’s endorsements reflect who would be the most effective and supportive elected officials that we believe would protect the interests of our members and other rental housing providers.

This election, please vote. Your vote does make a difference, and also be sure to cast your vote for Cheryl Turner for California State Senate, District 30 (now the new 28th District).