LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of two Skid Row residential hotels
has agreed to pay the city $1 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed he forced residents to get out of their rooms every 28 days to keep them from becoming legal tenants.
Under the deal announced by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo on Thursday, owner Rob Frontiera and two corporations he controls
would pay $1 million in civil penalties that would go toward a restitution fund for evicted tenants and pay for investigative costs.
The deal still needs a judge's approval.
The lawsuit accused Frontiera of engaging in the illegal but long-used practice called the "28-day shuffle," which prevents residents from acquiring the rights of legal tenants under state law.
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