Tenants sued by an apartment manager over rent control have filed a lawsuit that accuses the management company of denying them rent for weeks and charging them fees they say are excessive.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, says it alleges that manager Jorge Salgado violated a rent-control law in California and the New York State Fair Housing Act in failing to rent the apartments to tenants who paid the full market rate for them.
The complaint, filed by the tenants, comes after a dispute over a tenant who lived in a unit at the Los Angeles mansion where the alleged abuse occurred, according to court documents.
The suit also accuses the managers of refusing to pay for utilities, which is prohibited by the Fair Housing and Affordable Housing Acts.
The Los Angeles Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.
The suit seeks class-action status, saying it was filed in the hopes of bringing attention to alleged discrimination by the management.
It said it has hired attorneys to seek the maximum amount of damages for the plaintiffs, who are not named in the suit.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified attorneys fees.
The defendants have not been named in any of the court documents or any of their past legal filings.
The owners of the Los Angelinos mansion are represented by attorney Christopher Bierman, who did not return calls seeking comment.