LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A local resident is suing Santa Monica, alleging the city will not let her and others rent our their properties on a short-term basis.
Arlene Rosenblatt filed a lawsuit, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated June 21, in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the City of Santa Monica, and the City Council of Santa Monica,
alleging they discriminated when they approved an ordinance that prohibits property owners from renting out their properties.
According to the complaint, Rosenblatt suffered financial damages due to the implementation of an ordinance that prohibits city residents from renting out their properties as Airbnbs. The plaintiff alleges the city is discriminating against property owners.
Rosenblatt seeks a trial by jury, a declaration the ordinance is unconstitutional, void and invalid, a temporary restraining order, general damages, special damages, punitive damages, interest, court costs and any further relief the court grants. She is represented by attorneys Robert L. Esensten and Jordan S. Esensten of Esensten Law in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-cv-04481-ODW-AGR