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The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has reached a final settlement with local resident Patricia Anglano in a lawsuit filed by the City accusing Anglano of harassing multiple sub-tenants and potential renters, and taking money from them under false pretenses.

The lawsuit, filed in Santa Monica Superior Court earlier this year, alleged that Anglano engaged in an elaborate scam against more than ten people who responded to online ads to rent a room in her Santa Monica apartment. According to the City’s complaint, Anglano first extracted money from applicants for the room, and then, once their checks were deposited, subjected them to bizarre and harassing behavior designed to make them flee the apartment – or never move in at all. This alleged behavior included:

threatening applicants with bodily harm

making false accusations to the police and the applicants’ employers

invading applicants’ privacy

taking away use of the kitchen, living area, or other amenities

warning applicants not to tell anyone about the rental

demanding that applicants immediately vacate the apartment

The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office filed the case under the City’s Tenant Harassment law, which prohibits a range of unlawful behavior by landlords against tenants – including in cases, such as this one, where tenants harass sub-tenants.

Under the terms of the settlement, which was entered as a Final Judgment by the Superior Court, Anglano will be prohibited from ever advertising or renting out a rental unit, room, or other residential space to another person again in the City of Santa Monica. Anglano is also barred from receiving any money for such rentals.

“This is a fair settlement,” said Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Adam Radinsky who heads the City’s Consumer Protection Division. “Our first job is always to protect the public from unfair and unlawful behavior. This Judgment against Patricia Anglano serves that purpose.”

The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division promotes fairness through awareness and enforcement of the law. To report a consumer issue, go to smconsumer.org or call 310-458-8336.

Submitted by Adam Radinsky, Chief Deputy City Attorney, Consumer Protection Division

 

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  1. The City’s so-called Tenant Harassment Unit has done nothing to stop subtle one-at-a-time tenant elimination by landlords. Ellising is expensive if you just serve the notice and all of the tenants unite and get a good local lawyer. Those ppl know the judges just as well, living in the same neighborhoods north of Montana.

    So what landlords are doing is harassing tenants for everything they do that it is possible to get a lawyer to write a letter about. Sooner or later, all the tenants but one will “voluntarily” leave. You’ll even give a few of them better units at better rents on one of your other buildings. Then when it’s just one tenant left, you Ellis. They can’t afford an attorney alone. Then all you have to do is pay that one tenant a little more than the $20,000 max the City Council makes you pay. And there are no hearings, delays, court cases. Your friends on the City Council and Rent Control Board, neighbors at Sea Colony or wannabes, help you out. They even have $500 million A YEAR to help so your attorneys fees are less.

    What a deal.

  2. This is a smear attack and shows how corrupt this city government is. Patricia Anglano never was a landlord and never admitted or was judged for anything. There were accusations made by anonymous callers who tried to retaliate against her when she reported a neighbor and had that neighbor criminally charged for attacking tenants in the condo building she used to live in with her family. Please do not post without verifying info.

    Clearly this AD must be friends with someone and is very corrupt and unprofessional.

  3. This lady is crazy. It did not shock me to read this article. She’s stated in a multitude of areas that she is a “landlord”, and often has people live with her (sometimes 2-3 at a single time), and charges over $1,000 for a single room. Then after the tenant moves in (if he stands her that long), she starts chipping away at them either with virtual harassment, or in person. She “claims” to be a Producer in technology, and the company which employs her is obviously either blind or desperate. No self-respecting person in I.T. would act the way she does, or make the claims that she does.

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