Los Angeles City Attorney: Inn Operator Sentenced for Illegal Use of Building

A man who illegally operated hostels in two rent-stabilized apartments in Hollywood has been convicted of unlawful use of a building and sentenced to probation, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Fire.

According to Feuer’s office, Ilya Shilov, who could not immediately be reached for comment, operated a 33-bed hostel in a two-bedroom apartment at 1416 Martel Ave., and a 15-bed hostel in a one-bedroom apartment. a room at 7032 Lanewood Avenue

The city began receiving complaints about the Martel Avenue hostel starting in July 2020, with police calling the apartment 177 times, according to the city attorney’s office.

“It was a scandal in many ways,” Feuer said. “Defendant pulled valuable rent-stabilized units from the market, packing dozens of customers into small spaces. And those patrons were constant headaches for paying residents next door, with late night parties, fights and evidence of drug use. Everything had to be stopped. »

The city inspected Martel’s apartment and issued an order to comply. As the city prepared a criminal case involving the property, Los Angeles Department of Housing inspectors found the other illegally operating hostel in Lanewood, according to Feuer’s office.

Shilov was found guilty of three counts of unlawfully using a building other than what was permitted in the area without applying for and obtaining the required permits and licenses. He was sentenced to one year of summary probation, 15 days of community service and a $500 fine. Inn operations have been ordered to cease.

Linda G. Ibarra