Creepy California Landlord Who Offered Cheap Rent In Exchange For SEX – And Evicted The Women Who Rejected Him – Has To Pay Up To $230,000 To His Victims
- Larry Nelson reached an agreement with the Justice Department last week to resolve a lawsuit alleging he sexually harassed female tenants
- Nelson was ordered to pay fines of up to $230,000 to each victim
- The lawsuit alleged that Nelson offered cheap rent to female tenants for his properties in San Diego in exchange for sex for nearly 20 years.
- Nelson would have used deportation or the threat of deportation to coerce his victims
A California landlord who offered women cheap rent in exchange for sex has been ordered to pay fines of up to $230,000 in restitution to his victims in a landmark court ruling.
The Justice Department announced last Thursday that it had reached an agreement with Larry Nelson to resolve a Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging he sexually harassed female tenants while owning rental properties in the San Diego area and managed.
The lawsuit alleged that Nelson had engaged in a pattern of “unwelcome sexual touches, offers to lower monthly rent payments in exchange for sex, unwelcome sexual comments and advances, intrusive and unannounced visits to the homes of female tenants for nearly 20 years.” for further his sexual advances, and the eviction or eviction of female tenants who objected to or refused his sexual advances.”
“People deserve to be safe in their homes,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said announcing the agreement.
‘Sexual intimidation in housing deprives them of that security. The Justice Department will not tolerate landlords who abuse their power by sexually harassing their tenants and will vigorously pursue allegations of sexual harassment.”
California landlord Larry Nelson was ordered to pay a $200,000 fine to female tenants whom he offered cheap rent in exchange for sex. Pictured are two of his rental properties
“Abusive landlords in San Diego and the Imperial Counties should be aware that protecting the civil rights of citizens in our district is a top priority, and we will not tolerate discrimination and harassment in housing,” Acting U.S. Attorney Randy S. Grossman said. for the Southern District of California.
“Owning a key to one’s property is a position of trust, not a license to engage in illegal sexual harassment and demands.”
Under the agreement, Nelson must pay at least $205,000 to $230,000 in damages to tenants who were harmed by his harassment, as well as a $25,000 civil fine to the United States.
A judgment for an additional $350,000 was also filed against Nelson in favor of the United States, but was provisionally suspended based on sworn statements reflecting Nelson’s financial situation.
Any misrepresentation or omission by Nelson on those disclosure statements will result in immediate collection of the $350,000 suspended judgment, according to the Justice.
Nelson is also prohibited from engaging in the property management of rental properties in the future and must hire an independent professional property manager.
He must also put in place “a non-discrimination policy and complaints procedure” and release judgments obtained against victims he wrongly deported, according to court documents.
Nelson reached an agreement with the Justice Department last week to resolve a lawsuit alleging he sexually harassed female tenants over a period of nearly 20 years.
As the Daily Mail reported last month, UK lawmakers were looking for similar legislation that would make prosecuting such creepy landlords much easier – facilitating prosecution with sentences of up to seven years in prison.
‘Sex for hire’ is exploitation – pure and simple,” Labor Schools spokesman Peter Kyle said in a statement last month. “This government refuses to intervene, even though it sees routine sexual exploitation like this.”
“Labour has acted. We’ve drafted powerful new offenses to deal with these vicious landlords and the websites that host them. Now it’s up to the government to help us pass these amendments.’
Nelson’s case was jointly litigated by attorneys from the Civil Rights Division and the Civil Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.
The department’s goal is to address sexual harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, loan officers or other people who have control over housing, the Justice Department said.
Since the initiative’s launch in October 2017, the Department of Justice has filed 21 lawsuits for alleged sexual harassment in housing and recovered more than $2.5 million from victims of such harassment.