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Can a tenant be evicted for being a legal nuisance w/o a COO?

Los Angeles, CA |

If a court issues an order to prevent a tenant from harassing another tenant can that tenant be evicted even though the landlord does not have a Certificate of Occupancy?

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Assuming the City of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) applies, failure to comply with the RSO by registering the dwelling unit with the Los Angeles Housing Department is a defense to an unlawful detainer. Further, the LAHD will not register an dwelling unit without a Certificate of Occupancy. Please note that if the Department of Building and Safety orders the landlord to evict the tenant due to a failure to have a certificate of occupancy, then the landlord will be able to evict the tenant after paying relocation fees as set forth in the RSO.

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