Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Judge Orders Los Angeles Assisted Living Facility to Stop Abuse and Evictions
California law requires RCFEs that are closing to minimize the trauma associated with moving by providing meaningful assistance to vulnerable residents in assessing their needs and identifying appropriate alternative facilities that meet those needs. In May 2016, Brentwood Manor triggered this relocation protection law by distributing a letter to its residents stating that it was planning to sell the property and transfer ownership, and that residents would be required to vacate the premises by July 31, 2016.
Instead of providing its elderly and disabled residents with required information, documents and services, Brentwood Manor waged a campaign of abuse, neglect, intimidation, harassment and coercion in an effort to constructively evict its residents in violation of their rights. The illegal conduct included removing residents’ belongings from their rooms or threatening to throw them away, shutting off telephone access, failing to treat bedbug and other insect infestations, not repairing broken smoke detectors and call lights, and threatening to forcibly remove residents who remained in the facility after July 31st.
After repeated refusals by Brentwood Manor to comply with the law and refrain from violating residents’ rights, counsel brought suit and successfully obtained court intervention to protect the residents. Thanks to the extraordinary legal work of attorneys from LAFLA, NLS and Morgan Lewis, the owners and employees of Brentwood Manor are now prohibited from evicting residents, transferring residents to other care facilities without obtaining knowing written consent, stopping critical care services, and closing the facility without first providing requisite relocation services. Judge Chalfant also ordered the facility to treat residents’ belongings for bedbugs so that they do not bring the infestation to other facilities.
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Temporary Restraining Order
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Judge Orders Los Angeles Assisted Living Facilityto Stop Abuse and Evictions