June 20, 2016
Ater years of watching the supply of affordable housing plummet, evictions and demolitions surge and landlords score quick profits with short-term rentals, Los Angeles officials are striking back. For the first time, the city attorney’s office has filed criminal charges alleging that a building’s owners offered units for rent on Airbnb after booting out tenants, officials said Monday. The misdemeanor charges, along with civil suits filed against the owners of three other buildings, are intended to send a signal to other landlords breaking city rent control laws as L.A. confronts an affordable-housing crisis….
Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-landlords-illegal-rentals-20160620-snap-story.html