Matthew McNicholas Speaks with GlobeSt.com on the Uptick of LARSO Violations in Los Angeles

Posted on September 17, 2014

Partner Matthew McNicholas was featured in the article, “Utilities Can Help Landlords Violate LARSO” published by GlobeSt.com, discussing that landlords with Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (LARSO) controlled properties, may be using water utility bills to augment below-market rents. Mr. McNicholas said, “When there is only one meter for multiple dwellings, owners have been seen to use a formula to try and pass-through variable utility costs. This is not based on actual usage, but an averaging based on square footage of the rental unit and number of residents…the motive is unclear, but the violation is.”

Mr. McNicholas also added that utilities don’t play a role as they issue one bill to the property owner. When asked how tenants can fight back, he commented, “Tenants should complain to the landlord. If that doesn’t work, take the issue to the Rent Adjustment Commission for the Los Angeles Housing Department that implements LARSO. If, as is common, the RAC does nothing with the complaint, tenants should aggregate themselves and find counsel.”

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