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?
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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