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Tenants Win In Echo Park Piggy Bank Eviction Case

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[picture of protesters by Jack Rosner, Daily Bruin]

Remember way back in 2007 when a group of angry tenants of Echo Park's Morton Place showed up to the classroom of Eric Sussman, an adjunct professor of real estate at UCLA, and handed him a piggy bank with the words “the greediest landlord/professor of the year award”? Mr. Sussman, who partly owns properties in the Echo Park, had been accused of illegally evicting low-income tenants, who argued they qualified for subsidized rent under Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act.

Via the Metropolitan News-Enterprise: "The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an injunction preventing a landlord from evicting 22 low-income tenants of a local apartment complex in order to raise the rent on their units. In a decision Friday, the panel concluded that a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation permitting evictions of tenants for “good cause”—which includes a landlord’s desire to raise rents to market level—did not preempt a Los Angeles eviction control ordinance and affirmed an award of attorney fees in favor of the tenants." OpEd News's Larry Gross is saying the ruling will have a national impact.

Not Related: Jeez,a photo of a recession piggy bank. That's disturbing.

· Court Upholds Injunction Barring Eviction of Section 8 Tenants [Met]
· PEOPLE'S VICTORY!! US Court of Appeals Rules to Protect Section 8 Tenants [OpEd News]
· Tenants protest against lecturer [Daily Bruin]
· Guest Speakers at UCLA to Award "Greediest Landlord" [Curbed LA]