Local tenants facing eviction are scheduled to speak out at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
According to the Pasadena Tenants Union, more than 200 Pasadena tenants have been displaced or are under threat of displacement by a handful of real estate investment firms who are rapidly acquiring buildings, evicting the current tenants, and moving in new tenants at much higher rents.
The tenants live in properties reportedly managed by Helix Real Estate Management and Phamily Property Management and Reality, according to the Pasadena Tenants Union.
According to a statement by the group, there are currently 102 housing units that have received 60-day notices to vacate their apartments or have already moved “under pressure.”
“They cite the expired Pasadena eviction moratorium but fail to inform tenants of the LA County COVID-19 Tenant Protections Resolution which specifically disallows no-fault evictions in incorporated cities without its own stronger protections,” according to the group. “Tenants are getting mixed messages from Pasadena city staff about whether the LA County Resolution applies to them, but legal experts at the Eviction Defense Network, Public Council and LAFLA have all confirmed that Pasadena renters are protected.”
The evictions are prohibited until at least until December 31.
“The corporate landlords involved are deliberately misleading tenants about their legal protections, harassing them daily, and periodically denying basic services like water and electricity,” the statement said.
The meeting will be held at 405 N Euclid Ave., Pasadena.