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Suit Challenges Landlord’s Digital Payment Policy; Tenants See Elder Bias

Posted Mar 7, 2012 8:49 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A suit filed by four older residents of a Los Angeles apartment building challenges a new policy requiring tenants to pay rent online.

Residents at the Woodlake Manor Apartment building obtained waivers from the policy after a tenants right group organized a mass protest, but some fear the waivers will be revoked, the Los Angeles Times reports. Residents believe the online payment requirement was designed to oust elderly residents paying lower rents under a Log Angeles rent stabilization ordinance.

The suit announced Tuesday claims the payment rule violates the ordinance because it unilaterally changed the terms of the rental agreements.

The landlord, Jones & Jones Management Group Inc., says the policy is a “green” initiative designed to save paper and will not be used as a basis for eviction, the story says. The company says it remains confident the situation will get “worked out.”

Hat tip to Pat’s Papers.

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