Tenant Compelled Out of House Amid Tarek El Moussa’s Condominium Venture Speaks Out: ‘He Referred to as Us Liars’ (Unique)

A tenant who presently lives on the location that may turn out to be Tarek El Moussa’s controversial rental growth is looking the HGTV star out for what she says is a “misleading” assertion concerning the undertaking he launched on Friday. 

El Moussa’s assertion got here after Hartsook tenants started talking out concerning the adverse affect they really feel the luxurious growth, known as NoHo 138, is having on their group. The complicated would require tearing down the previous few bungalow properties of their North Hollywood, Calif. neighborhood and displace the people who find themselves nonetheless dwelling there. 

The Flipping El Moussas star argued that he’s not personally evicting anybody from their properties and that the present proprietor, Arthur Aslanian — who’s in federal jail for arson, conspiracy and murder-for-hire plots — is the one who issued the eviction notices. 

PEOPLE spoke to Clare Letmon, an organizer and tenant of the Hartsook Road bungalows, concerning the scenario impacting her household and her neighbors. 

“He principally known as us liars,” Letmon advised PEOPLE on Tuesday, in response to El Moussa’s assertion on Instagram, wherein he claims he is being “dragged for false accusations and misconceptions” relating to the development of his 138-unit luxurious residence undertaking. 

Letmon claims that the tenants haven’t had direct contact with El Moussa himself since July 14 and that they’ve requested a number of occasions that he personally meet with these being impacted, together with her senior neighbor Cathy, who she says has lived on the property for forty years. A consultant for El Moussa says companions of the undertaking reached out to the residents’ lawyer for the primary time in March.

In accordance with Letmon, El Moussa blocked the Hartsook Tenants Affiliation on social media and stopped replying to any of their emails after July 14.  

Now, a rep for El Moussa’s tells PEOPLE that the residents’ lawyer has responded to the NoHo 138 companions and a gathering will likely be arrange as quickly as potential. Letmon confirms they obtained the e-mail final Friday.

Tarek El Moussa visits Build to discuss the show "Flipping 101 w / Tarek El Moussa" at Build Studio on March 02, 2020 in New York City.
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Letmon provides that it was “tremendous triggering to tenants” after they heard their properties can be demolished and that they wanted to make relocation plans forward of the $50 million growth’s begin date in 2024. 

She permits that whereas the HGTV star didn’t personally problem eviction notices to her neighbors, the present proprietor of the property did so with a purpose to facilitate El Moussa’s undertaking.

The Hartsook tenant additionally alleges that the builders behind NoHo 138 have falsely claimed that they haven’t any relationship to the property’s felony landlord, Arthur Aslanian, as acknowledged on their web site. Nonetheless, Sam Aslanian Architect Inc., an organization belonging to Arthur’s brother, is reportedly liable for designing the brand new constructing.

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Arthur subjected Hartsook tenants to traumatic incidents, for which he is presently serving time, together with setting a number of fires to their bungalow court docket — most lately in March, Letmon remembers. She says it was particularly disheartening to see El Moussa movie his promo movies immediately in entrance of the scene of the crime. 

“Once you submit movies standing in entrance of the arson harm, speaking concerning the largest flip of your life and this chance to make a lot cash, you are exploiting the crimes that the owner dedicated towards the individuals who used to dwell right here and also you’re doing it with a smile in your face,” Letmon says.  

To Letmon, her bungalow is a “miracle dwelling” with gardens and “large outdated bushes which have been right here longer than anyone on the block.” In actual fact, she says it’s the final little bit of inexperienced area within the space. 

“It could be extremely heartbreaking to look at this place get bulldozed — and the bushes, and the backyard, and simply the historical past that is right here,” she provides.

Development of the luxurious complicated is anticipated to start in 2024, in keeping with the undertaking’s web site. The brand new constructing will supply 14 low revenue models and Hartsook tenants may have the chance to maneuver there as soon as the complicated is accomplished. The event will likely be dealt with by El Moussa’s funding firm, TEM Capital; his spouse and HGTV costar Heather’s firm, HEM Capital, and different companions.

Below California’s Ellis Act, landlords have a proper to legally “exit of enterprise” and evict tenants at any given time, in keeping with the Los Angeles Housing Division. 

The undertaking’s web site states that “your complete course of has been and can proceed to be dealt with justly by way of the Los Angeles Housing Division (LAHD) and a authorized relocation advisor with a purpose to make 100% positive the relocation is carried out in keeping with the legislation.” It is usually famous that “financial compensation” will likely be supplied to tenants who want to vacate their properties early.

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