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Court rulings appear favorable to our case. In a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the State of New York’s restrictions on attending religious services at houses of worship were invalidated. This is a promising outcome for our case, although the standard of review for First Amendment violations is less deferential than the standard of review we face in our case against the City of Los Angeles. Nevertheless, this is a good sign that the U.S. Supreme Court will not simply suspend the U.S. Constitution during this
insurance and personal expenditures such as housing, medical care, food and clothing for themselves and their families. Landlords in the City continue to suffer under the City’s ordinance with no relief or assistance of any kind offered to help the many financially struggling housing providers.”
AAGLA President, Cheryl Turner, stated: “The City’s use of the Pandemic to wield unbridled power and strip away Constitutional Rights by singling- out rental property owners by requiring them to
pandemic in contrast to arguments made by state and local governments during the course of the pandemic that normal standards of review for constitutional claims should be suspended..”
“Our fight will not be over until we obtain a final judgment by the U.S. Supreme Court. We know we can and we will prove the City is clearly wrong here.”
- Cheryl Turner, AAGLA President
subsidize the livelihoods of others, interfering with contractual relationships between landlords and their tenants, and stripping away all the tools and flexibility required to collect rent or work out repayments of rent are clear violations of the U.S. Constitution. Our fight will not be over until we obtain a final judgment by the U.S. Supreme Court. We know we can and we will prove the City is clearly wrong here.”
AAGLA has and continues
to argue that the City’s
moratoria have gone way
beyond what is necessary
by providing benefits to the
City’s renters at the expense
of all landlords, particularly
the smaller “mom and pop”
property owners who make-up the majority of rental property owners in the City. Former AAGLA Board of Directors President, Earle Vaughan, stated: “Our members and the City’s rental property owners have now been suffering financially for 10-months without rent collections, while at the same time being required to meet their ongoing financial obligations such as City fees and services, property taxes,
The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles seeks the assistance of rental housing providers and other interested parties through contributions to its Legal Fund at www.aagla.org/legalfund or by mailing a check payable to the AAGLA Legal Fund, 621 South Westmoreland Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90005.
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