Herrera secures $3.3 million from affordable housing cheats, sues more

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“When people try to game our affordable housing system, they keep homes out of the hands of those who truly need them,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “We’re putting a stop to that.”

City enforcement has so far returned 21 homes to their intended purpose — providing affordable housing to San Franciscans who need it

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 6, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today he had filed a lawsuit against two investment advisors after one of them lied to obtain a coveted affordable housing condominium in San Francisco. The couple later unlawfully rented it out and used it as a pied-à-terre as they lived in a $2.8 million home in the exclusive Redwood City neighborhood of Emerald Hills.

The lawsuit filed today in San Francisco Superior Court against Caroline Novak and Igor Lotsvin is the latest in a sweeping series of investigations into affordable housing fraud that the City Attorney’s Office and Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development publicly unveiled in May 2017, which has so far led to judgments and settlements totaling $3.3 million in 21 cases. This joint enforcement effort has also returned 21 housing units to their original purpose: providing an affordable home for first-time buyers in San Francisco. [Read more]


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City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed separate lawsuits on behalf of their respective cities against the top five oil and gas companies, asking the courts to hold them responsible for the costs of the infrastructure necessary to protect their cities from the consequences of climate change caused by their massive production of fossil fuels.

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On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order is unconstitutional and exceeds the president’s power.

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