Tenants accept slumlord payment

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Former tenants who sued the owner of a seedy, vermin-infested Palmdale apartment building have settled a $1 million lawsuit. It was the second time in a year that landlord Edgar Reinoso has settled a lawsuit alleging slum-like conditions in Antelope Valley apartments. Tenants in a Reinoso apartment building in Lancaster settled for $3 million last year. The latest settlement involved a seven-unit building owned by Reinoso and managed by his Proud American Investments. Seventeen children and 12 adults were represented by attorney Robb Strom, who said the building was uninhabitable. The settlement, finalized April 24 and revealed this week, allocates $21,500 to each of the children listed as plaintiffs and $26,250 to each adult. “This particular landlord and management company have been cited for hundreds of code violations by the (cities) of Palmdale and Lancaster,” Strom said. “But they continue to do business as usual.” In June 2006, Reinoso was cited by the Palmdale Building and Safety Department for violating the city’s building-safety codes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more