A recent news article highlighted what could happen when a landlord rents a unit for residential use in a commercial structure. A landlord in South Los Angeles was required to pay $141,000 to nearly a dozen tenants who were living in an old medical center. The landlord was renting examination rooms as living units, some of them without windows. Tenants were required to move after the City of Los Angeles Fire Department issued a notice requiring that they had to leave citing unsafe conditions.
Los Angeles landlords should be wary to rent out units that are not lawful. As a result of the tenants being required to move out, they were entitled to relocation fees.
The ABC news report can be found here.