The following day, building management began clearing out her apartment, even though the rent had been paid through the September, and before a relative had flown in from Massachusets to take care of the deceased’s belongings.
Mary had lived at the 7941 Selma Ave. apartments for nearly forty years, and was likely under rent control until the lease expired… which, legally, occurs upon the death of the tenant.
Property manager Tom Lamb to KTLA News, “we have an obligation as landlords to safeguard these items.” Wouldn’t changing the locks have sufficed? Is clearing out an apartment one day after a death and before trying to contact any heirs a little unusual?
Now, according to a resident who wrote us who wishes to remain anonymous, the landlord refuses to allow Mary’s relative access to the storage facility and plans to hold a public auction of the possessions on September 20th.
KTLA has a news clip online that originally aired Aug. 15th, which, unfortunately, I am unable to hotlink. To access it go to their website, click the “news” tab, and scroll down the right hand column to find the video labeled “8/15 – Landlord Clears Out Apartment Day After Tenant Dies”.