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Real Estate

May 29, 2024

Controversy surrounds Ellis Act as Los Angeles apartment complex faces evictions

The Ellis Act, a state law in California, allows property owners to exit the rental business. However, a recent case involving an apartment complex in Los Angeles has raised questions about whether landlords who use the Ellis Act are required to permanently remove the property from rental use. The court’s decision could set a precedent for future cases.

Anna Liu

Partner, Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C.


For years, the Ellis Act has been a hot topic of debate amongst housing advocates, property owners, residents, and politicians. Some argue that the Ellis Act, which provides property owners the right to exit the rental business, is used to remove long-term tenants from their rent-controlled units for ulterior motives or to use the property for potentially more profitable reasons. Others say it is one of the few remaining options real property owners have left in thei...

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