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jakelee5400

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I have a question that is very specific to my situation but here it goes:

I manage an apartment building in Los Angeles that is under RSO and I am vacating to tear down. All but one tenant have been legally relocated to other housing options and provided relocation funds as well. One tenant has exercised his full extension option to remain there until the end of this year. This tenant has been a nightmare at every turn and is trying to get some grounds to sue me. His motivation is entirely due to his mental illness and his desire to not move his hording collection to a new place (we have offered to cover moving fees). His new avenue for screwing me over has been to secretly poor chemicals in the pool to turn it bright green overnight ( I know this sounds crazy but I tour the property daily and it will be perfect one day and green the next). He then calls the health department to report us and we are given notice to remedy the hazard within 24 hrs or be fined. Can I legally close the pool and drain it or do I have to post signs saying its under repairs? If so how long can I keep it as such? I cant evict him and my company doesn't use security cameras because of the added liability of having them at a property. My main goal is that I need to mitigate liability as much as possible and close off this avenue to him. 

Any help is greatly appreciated!
LLinVA

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What liability do cameras cause? I would think this is at least time to consider an exception. At the end of the day, you don't REALLY know it's him and not some other tenant that is ticked off that they got bumped out, or local teens who get a kick out of it (at the very least, you don't know in the eyes of the court).

Is the pool in the lease? A pool isn't a requirement, so unless it is promised in the lease I would think you would be able to simply close it. It sounds like you are closing down the whole complex anyway, it is unreasonable to expect the pool to be operational with only one person left in the complex.
jakelee5400

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Having cameras means you can be subpoenaed for footage if crimes occur around the building, of which there are many. They also garner a false sense of security, we tell our tenants that they have to be careful living in the neighborhood as there has been an enormous influx of homeless in the area that constantly break in to buildings. Because of how much crime there is if we had security cameras our tenants would feel safer than they really are and were something to happen they could come after us for not adequately protecting them, which we do our best to do but is nearly impossible.

When we received the buildings the prior owner had kept horrible records and as such we actually don't have most of the leases. We got estoppels from all of the tenants though. I first have to close out the case with the health department (since the tenant reported us the same day it mysteriously turned green) but I believe after that I am going to post signs that the pool is undergoing major repairs and will be closed until further notice and drain it. I would also chain shut the gates so that no one can go inside.  
LLinVA

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"...they could come after us for not adequately protecting them" Isn't this true whether there are cameras or not? I would think that the presence of cameras would show that you took reasonable steps to make the area safer.

I personally would rather have the cameras and would be happy to supply footage to the police. I think that would help us, our tenants, the police, and the area overall. I'm not really seeing a downside. I also know there have been times where I wished we had cameras at some of our properties.

Good luck.
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