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Landlord Demands ‘100%’ Of Stimulus Money For Back Rent; Later Says It’s Misunderstanding

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One Los Feliz renter received this letter from landlord ROM Residential, which said tenants on a rent deferral plan needed to turn over "100%" of any government stimulus money towards back rent, within five days of receiving it.

Councilmember David Ryu blasted the notice, saying in his own letter that he was "extremely alarmed" and that ROM Residential's letter "demonstrates a lack of empathy." Ryu wrote that the stimulus provision was not correct and that the company's "attempt to extract the meager support working Angelenos might receive right now is shameful."

ROM Residential says it's all a misunderstanding — the letter was a draft and it has been revised to take out the language about stimulus money (you can read the revised version here).

In a phone interview, ROM Residential partner Leeor Maciborski told LAist, "We were really frustrated with the councilman's letter. It was unnecessarily harsh, he could have just called or emailed up and asked what was going on. It took that letter completely out of context, it wasn't meant for circulation. It was just unfair."

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Maciborski added that "about a third" of renters in the company's 1,500 units had asked for rent deferment.

We collected several COVID-19-related letters from landlords — you can read those here.



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