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Local News in Brief : Landlord’s Sentence a Record

A Hawthorne resident, who pleaded no contest to nine violations of various fire, health and building codes at a 36-unit apartment building in Los Angeles, has been sentenced to do 1,485 hours of community service for the homeless on Skid Row.

Tom Henning, 38, was also ordered to pay $2,102 in restitution to the investigating agencies and was placed on two years’ summary probation by Los Angeles Municipal Court Commissioner Barry Kohn, officials announced.

“This is certainly the most community service a slumlord has ever been required to do in Los Angeles, and it may be the most for any case prosecuted by my office,” City Atty. James K. Hahn said in a statement.

Violations included lack of heating; exposed live wires; rat and cockroach infestation; inadequate plumbing; dilapidated walls, floors and ceilings, and inoperable fire and rescue equipment, officials said.

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Henning could not be reached for comment.


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