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Family Child Care Provider Threatened With Eviction

Amalia Aguirre, a young mother of four, provides family child care in her Los Angeles apartment. For security, and with her landlord's permission, Ms. Aguirre installed steel bars on her windows and made significant improvements to her unit. Then, without warning, the landlord served Ms. Aguirre with a notice to quit and filed an unlawful detainer action, arguing the bars were illegally installed and that she needed a business license to operate a family child care home.

Public Counsel and Jones Day attorneys led by Phil Cook revealed a suspected hidden motive for the landlord's attempted eviction-retaliation. The Los Angeles Housing Department had cited the landlord for negligent building maintenance so egregious that they ordered Ms. Aguirre's rent to be reduced and instructed her to pay it directly into their Rent Escrow Account Program. Thanks to the zealous advocacy of her legal team, the landlord withdrew his action. Ms. Aguirre and her children continue to live in their apartment and provide child care to the children and families in their community.  "It was a real team effort, and it was gratifying to be able to protect Ms. Aguirre's rights under the law," said Phil Cook.