Just received this from an anonymous tipster:
Normandie Towers, a.k.a The Village (built by Charlie Chaplin, lived in by Marilyn Monroe) is currently owned by a slumlord. They’ve had sewage floods because the landlord let the pipes deteriorate, had apartments red-tagged by the Health Dept., and are in a legal battle with the landlord. He’s tried to groundlessly evict tenants in the past, and the tenants have gone to court and won. The water doesn’t work reliably, needed repairs are not getting made, the grounds were flooded with raw sewage a few months ago and not really cleaned.
They began a rent strike yesterday, on advice of the lawyer that is representing them (WeHo tenants’ rights clinic, don’t know the name of it), over unlivable conditions and needed repairs in every unit and in the common areas.
It’s a tight-knit community of people who live there, and the property is gorgeous but falling into severe disrepair. They want attention to the cause of preserving Hollywood history as well as their personal cause of fighting a slumlord.
Official contact info of lawyer who is representing the tenants: Elena I. Popp (eipopp AT aol.com)
I snapped that photo earlier this year when visiting some friends who live there. I’m trying to get more images and info about this situation, will post updates when I get them.