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Prosecutors Reach Million-Dollar Settlement Over Living Conditions At South Coast Apartment Complex

Ventura County prosecutors say they’ve reached a million-dollar settlement in a long running battle with a landlord over substandard living conditions at a Thousand Oaks apartment complex.

Prosecutors say the Warwick Avenue complex owned by Ashok Sharma had ongoing rodent, roach, electrical and plumbing issues.  They say the fight to bring the complex into compliance with health and safety regulations lasted more than 15 years.

A judge issued a restraining order in 2019 which led to upgrades bringing the building into compliance.

As a part of the settlement, Sharma sold the complex.  The stipulations of the settlement include civil penalties, as well as reimbursement of the costs of the investigation.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.