Tarek El Moussa Breaks Silence on Controversial Condominium Venture After Tenants Communicate Out: ‘Not Evicting Anybody’

Tarek El Moussa is breaking his silence after tenants of a North Hollywood, Calif. group expressed their issues over his $50 million growth known as NoHo 138. 

The Flipping El Moussas star’s huge undertaking — which will likely be dealt with by his funding firm, TEM Capital; his spouse and HGTV costar Heather’s firm, HEM Capital, and different companions —requires tearing down a number of bungalows on the positioning with a view to assemble a 138-unit luxurious condo advanced.

The event has sparked issues from the Hartsook Tenant Affiliation, as it would require all remaining tenants to relocate earlier than development is predicted to start in 2024.

Based on a put up on the affiliation’s official Instagram, residents expressed that the undertaking “will destroy their properties and inevitably displace the tenants.” One other put up claims that Tarek is “swooping in on a susceptible however vindicated set of tenants.”  

PEOPLE reached out to a number of tenants, who had not replied by the point of publishing. 

NoHo 138’s web site states that “the complete course of has been and can proceed to be dealt with justly via the Los Angeles Housing Division (LAHD) and a authorized relocation advisor with a view to make 100% positive the relocation is carried out in line with the regulation.”

It additionally claims members on the event group launched themselves to residents in March “to guarantee them the method will likely be dealt with with the utmost respect” and mentions that “financial compensation will likely be supplied” to those that want to vacate early. 

Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae El Moussa
Tarek El Moussa and spouse Heather attend the Individuals’s Selection Awards collectively in December 2022.

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In his assertion on Friday, Tarek says that he needs to clear up the “false accusations and misconceptions” he’s being “dragged” for, concerning claims he’s personally forcing the Hartsook group out of their house. 

“Notices to the tenants had been served by the present proprietor, not by me or the companions of NoHo 138,” he explains. “I’m not evicting anybody. We didn’t challenge the Ellis Act relocation paperwork.” 

The Ellis Act is a California state regulation that enables landlords to legally “exit of enterprise” and evict tenants at any given time, in line with the Los Angeles Housing Division. 

Tarek additionally mentioned that he and his companions have been attempting to rearrange a gathering with the tenants to have an “amicable dialogue concerning last transfer out agreements.” 

He continues: “Our intentions are to work with the tenants to supply an awesome alternative for them whereas serving to to enhance the neighborhood.” Amongst these alternatives, Tarek says, are extra jobs created via the development course of and elevated metropolis tax income that can profit “homeless applications and different socially impactful applications,” in addition to the creation of recent parking areas that can “scale back the impression of road parking.”

The HGTV star acknowledged that the advanced will embrace 14 low revenue models and that the tenants who already dwell within the space can have a chance to maneuver again as soon as the undertaking is accomplished. 

Hartsook residents just lately needed to take care of one other wrestle of their group after a hearth was deliberately set by the hands of their landlord, Arthur Raffey Aslanian. Based on the L.A. Instances, Aslanian employed somebody to set the fireplace in an effort to make his tenants go away the property.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed the owner was discovered responsible for arson along with murder-for-hire plots towards two males — amongst them, his former lawyer — in a July press launch.

Companions of NoHo 138 acknowledged Aslanian’s felony report on the undertaking web site and added that they “do not need any involvement, connection or relationship with the vendor, nor will they’ve any relationship sooner or later following the property switch.”

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