Deal to stop rent increases at Chinatown apartment complex falling apart

Negotiations between Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo and the owner of a Chinatown apartment complex to keep tenants in their homes—without rent increases—arebreaking down.

About 20 residents of the Hillside Villa apartment building, advocates from Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, and representative of the Los Angeles Tenants Union met Friday on the steps of City Hall to announce that tenants had received notices in July from the building’s owner that a 5.5 percent rent increase would take effect September 1