On December 16, a lawsuit by the California Apartment Association (CAA) was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent Measure H from being fully implemented in Pasadena while the lawsuit is being considered by the court.
By News Desk
The lawsuit comes days after Pasadena City Council certified the election results, paving the way for Measure H to take effect on Thursday, Dec. 22.
The lawsuit alleges that the measure is an unlawful revision to the Pasadena City Charter. It also claims that several provisions of the new law itself are illegal.
In a statement to our newsroom, Pasadena Tenants Union stated the following:
We are not surprised that the CAA and individual landlords have filed a suit against the measure. They were our main opponents during the election, and have a business interest in avoiding any type of regulation. They also have a great deal of money – collected in the form of outrageously high rents from their tenants – to spend on lawsuits. The suit consists of several unrelated points. It seems to us that they are taking the approach of throwing everything at the wall and seeing if anything sticks.
Our main concern is whether an injunction will be granted, which, depending on its scope, could delay the rent roll back or eviction protections and possibly put tenants at serious risk. Landlords may try to evict tenants in order to avoid the rent regulations. If this happens, we will likely call on the city council to implement some temporary protections similar to what they did in the fall of 2019 to prevent an eviction wave in the months preceding the effective date of AB 1482.
Simply filing the lawsuit will not stop Measure H from taking effect. But if the preliminary injunction is granted, it will stall the implementation of some, or all, of Measure H while the court considers the challenge.
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