Kim v. Shin

2007

Kim v Shin: APALC represents four Koreatown tenants who endured uninhabitable living conditions in their apartments, while required to pay full rent, as their landlords began a condominium conversion that turned their units into construction zones. When the tenants filed complaints with the city, the landlords retaliated by illegally raising the rent. In July 2008, a jury decided in favor of the tenants, finding that tenants have a right to live in healthy and safe homes and to be free of abusive landlords, and giving the tenants a judgment of over $572,000. This is the first case to be tried under the city’s relocation assistance ordinance, passed in response to the severe housing shortage created by a rash of condo conversions in L.A.

Area of Work: 
Impact Litigation