2UrbanGirls exclusively reported on the mass evictions that took place at two properties along Century Blvd. The city of Inglewood was involved in the transaction as the one-time listed owner of the property, beyond the sidewalk, as claimed by Mayor James T. Butts.
Many of the former residents of the building were elderly and living on fixed incomes. One occupant is bedridden and another died of a heart attack after being forced from her home.
The properties in question are located at 4821 and 4949 Century Blvd.
Former residents provided proof of the city’s ownership in the form of unlawful detainers filed with the court, naming the city of Inglewood as the plaintiff.
After our reporting, the eviction notices were rescinded and replaced with expired permits attached to relocation offers which justified the removing of the residents due to “extensive repairs” that needed to be performed at the property.
The residents and this author were able to contact the city’s planning and building and safety department who verified that the permit used to get rid of the tenants was in fact expired.
Many of the residents took the relocation money and moved. Others continue to be victimized by contractors, employed by the owners, who routinely block access to the property and create fire hazards by chaining the doors shut.
2UrbanGirls reported that the property, which is minutes from the multi-billion dollar Sofi Stadium and proposed Clippers arena, would be turned into short-term rentals.
2UrbanGirls drove past the property and they have now been rebranded as “I-Wood Short-Term Rentals” where people can book the units from 3-28 days.
Rooms have been totally upgraded with hardwood flooring, ceiling fans and kitchens to accommodate short-term renters.
Did the city of Inglewood and Warren Properties conspire to remove residents to increase the properties NOI by welcoming short-term renters? The expired permit is crucial as it is needed, under the new city rental ordinance, to justify “wholesale” evictions of long time residents.
The city’s finance department should now make the case to increase the transient occupancy tax (TOT) from 14% to 20% just as they have increased the residential unit taxes from $20 to $147 per door.
I know i-wood.