Residents of the Madison, a single-room occupancy hotel on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, are suing their landlord for cutting off services and creating unsanitary living conditions.
The suit filed in LA County Superior Court names the Madison’s owner, Kameron Segal and its previous owner George Lintz as defendants.
“I’m looking for other options,” said tenant Walter Jordan, one of 15 plaintiffs. “But the end result is that I shouldn’t have to move.”
Cheap, residential hotels are concentrated in downtown LA, where for decades, they’ve housed poor and disabled residents. But as downtown has gentrified over the last decade, hundreds of SRO units have disappeared, as building owners convert them into market-rate apartments.