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Judge issues tentative ruling to stop evictions at Barrington Plaza – NBC Los Angeles

Judge issues tentative ruling to stop evictions at Barrington Plaza – NBC Los Angeles

A judge issued a tentative ruling Thursday to halt mass evictions of tenants at the Barrington Plaza apartment complex in West Los Angeles.

The ruling comes a day after the anniversary of when the Barrington Plaza Tenants Association initially filed its suit seeking declaratory relief and injunctive relief against Barrington Pacific and Douglas Emmett.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge H. Jay Ford said the landlords did not intend to “go bankrupt” under the Ellis Act, but rather to temporarily remove tenants to renovate units in an operation they expected to take 3 to 5 years to complete.

The decision is only temporary but will prevent any tenants from being evicted from the rent-controlled apartment complex. Barrington Plaza tenants and the Coalition for Economic Survival say the lawsuit is a “huge victory.”

“This is undoubtedly one of the most significant legal victories for tenants’ rights in state history,” said Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival. “This victory shows that when tenants come together and organize, they can win.”

Eric Rose, a spokesman for Barrington Plaza, did not make a statement following the lawsuit’s ruling.