Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The fire that disabled the 10 freeway in Los Angeles was related to an alleged deadbeat landlord

Their landlord, Apex...had failed to pay rent on the 48,000-square-foot triangular lot at South Alameda and East 14th streets for more than a year, and owed $78,000, according to Caltrans, which sued the company for back rent in September.

The property was one of five that Caltrans was attempting to evict Apex and another [owned by the same man] from, including a plot along the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley and another a block away from the fire. All told, [the owner] owed about $620,000 to Caltrans in unpaid rent as of September, the agency said in court filings.

Caltrans alleges that [the owner]’s firm secured leases of government-owned property with a host of restrictions, then turned around and broke the leases by illegally subletting to various businesses
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