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Old 02-03-2010, 09:05 AM
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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For many years I have been receiving mail from the city of Los Angeles demanding that they come and inspect the apartment over my garages. I have sent them repeated letters telling me that I only use that space for storage and have never rented it in the 30+ years I have lived in the house in front of the garages. I have kept copies of every letter I sent to them over the years and they have never once responded to my letters. Each year they send me another letter and each year I respond to no avail. Recently they even put flyers on my front fence to the effect that they were going to go on the property and that I had to let them on it. This has added considerable stress to my Chron's disease and has caused frequent flareups of it. Since they never have had the courtesy of returning even one of my letters to them, I fell like suing the city is about the only thing I can do to end their constant harrassment. Is this cause for a lawsuit?
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:21 AM
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Why don't you simply call them and schedule the inspection? Once completed- no more letters or "harassment." No, you don't have any grounds to sue.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:24 AM
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Go to http://www.lacity.org/stellent/group...tyd_002214.pdf to find your city council person.
Then go here The Official Web Site of The City of Los Angeles - City Council to get the email address of that council person.

They will respond (probably a staff member) but they are your interface to the city. Use them.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:19 PM
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I bet it would take 10 minutes or less to show them the rental or storage place. The make a report, you live your life and everyone is happy.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:40 PM
Location: Planet Earth
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Why did America become so sue happy?

As others have suggested, just make a call and get it over with.
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:34 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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Obviously at one time the unit must have been recorded with the city as a rental unit.
What you need to do is contact the housing department either in person, of letter, stating the unit is no longer a rental unit, and you want it removed from the rental market.
All the city has to go on is the fact that in their records, the unit is registered as a rental unit.
Until YOU remove that status, you will keep being bothered by city inspectors who are just doing their job.

P.S. One more thing I forgot to mention.
IF you are calling them, you need to request that they send you the necessary forms to take the unit off the market.
If you go in person, you can get the forms at the receptioon desk.
They will not remove it from their data base until the forms are recorded in their data base.
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:53 PM
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You will need to send them their form every year telling them that the units are not on the rental market. It's mildly annoying, but that's the way they operate. Just send them the form and they'll leave you alone for 1 year.
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