This article was posted on Sunday, Mar 01, 2015

Okay everyone, we got them on video.  It is about to go wild.

There is a local landlord who became tired of the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) harassing him for the last ten years so he took them to court and won.  The court ordered the LAHD to stop harassing him, to leave him alone and not show up at his properties until the next scheduled SCEP inspection.  

The LAHD was furious that they were beaten in court so they went before another judge and convinced him to sign an administrative warrant so they could force their way into the apartments in all of his buildings.

Yes, while tenants were not home, the LAHD had a locksmith disable the locks so they could enter their apartments.  There were tenants who were at home but would not open the door for the LAHD.  The locksmith also disabled their locks so the inspectors could just walk in on them.  In one apartment that they broke into the lady tenant was taking a shower. When she came out with a towel wrapped around her she found seven guys walking around in different rooms of her apartment. Is this the new America?

Apparently, the LAHD believes that the U.S. constitution does not apply to them.  They believe they have more authority than the police or the FBI because in order to enter a home or an apartment in the USA, law enforcement should have a warrant with the occupant’s name on it.  The LAHD’s position is that one warrant gives them the authority to enter every unit in the building even when they do not have good cause to search the unit. Then why not just get one warrant for the entire city?  This also applies to all the other cities that require inspections. 

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This is insane and according to our attorney some inspectors are misleading the judges who issue these warrants. This type of warrant should be made illegal and thereby protect individual tenants. The LAHD is a renegade government agency here in the City of Los Angeles that does not listen to the Mayor or the City Council.  Could it be that because the LAHD generates so much money for the City that our elected officials don’t want to know too much about what is really going on?

Throughout the upper management there is a culture of ant-landlordism, originally brought in by Mercedes Marquez.  These people need to be weeded out, gotten rid of and hopefully end up in jail for their illegal actions.  For the longest time, we had no “hard proof” regarding the outrageous and illegal conduct of housing inspectors.  Now, we have them on video breaking into apartments.  

I think this is a gift from God.  After you read this entire article, please go to for the featured article section to view the video.  I’ve been working on this video for more than a month.  It is 32 minutes long and you will be glad you saw it all.

When I arrived at the apartment building to video the LAHD committing this crime, they called the LAPD to prevent me from following them with my camera.  I proved to the police officers that I am in the media and the constitution says “freedom of the press”.  It does not say “if the LAHD is okay with it”.

I had been invited onto the premises by the owner.  After explaining so much to the LAPD, I was allowed to enter the building by the police and then the LAHD inspectors started screaming at me that they didn’t want to appear on video.  I ignored that.  The time for payback has arrived.   Over the next few weeks, I will be doing my best to get this on the national media to show the entire country how much corruption there really is in L.A.  Maybe we can get the Feds and other cities throughout the whole state to take notice???  Fun times are ahead.

Now, we need to send this article around to everyone in cities where they require inspections.  I’ve just started blasting the News Media.  For L.A. landlords, in a strange way, the good thing is that the LAHD is now attacking tenants and violating their rights.  If we can get a substantial amount of tenants angry at the city and once their voices are heard, it will shake up the city officials because having such a large voting bloc turn against them could end their political careers. Sometimes one must fight fire with fire.

For decades, local politicians knew they could easily violate the rights of landlords with no down side because we are less than one percent of the population whereas renters are sixty-three percent. Getting elected in L.A. has had much to do with demonizing landlords and winning over the tenants.  Now we are on the road to waking up the tenants and causing them to realize that the LAHD does not respect them. This strategy might give us widespread support among tenants and give us the power we need to force city officials to get rid of the top people at the LAHD who are evil and resent anyone who worked hard to achieve any measure of financial success.  

I know there are people in L.A. who are making an effort to improve relations between landlords and the LAHD.  I respect their efforts but it is not going to work because the top people at the LAHD are evil.  They must be replaced.  I believe that evil is never satisfied.  You don’t make peace with it, you destroy it.  You fight it head on.

Copy the website address below, post it everywhere you can, send it to everyone you know in Los Angeles and other cities. Please also send it to all elected officials whose vote affects you. You can get their addresses and email by Googling your city government. Imagine if the Mayor and the entire L.A. City Council and other cities started receiving this link a few hundred times.   If we create a huge outcry, we will see some major changes. Please also send copies of this article to the council members in whatever city that does inspections where you own property.

Over the years, I’ve met many landlords who have plenty of opinions but do not take any action to help us win this war.  Opinions do not win wars, getting involved and fighting hard does win wars.  Now it is time to do your part.  Get in touch with your inner warrior and go for it.

P.S. Please share this article and the video with as many friends and politicians as possible. Let’s join together and stop these ridiculous searches and inspections of our property.  

This article was written by Bill Hooey.  Mr. Hooey is with the Fair Housing Coalition, fighting for the rights of Los Angeles housing providers.  For more information, he may be reached at 323-397-8740.