Year of squatter complaints led to raid on Hollywood Blvd. building

Former occupants of an illegally converted commercial building had to confer with security guards to retrieve their belongings after a police raid to vacate the building at 6362 Hollywood Blvd.
Former occupants of an illegally converted commercial building had to confer with security guards to retrieve their belongings after a police raid to vacate the building at 6362 Hollywood Blvd.
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High rents in Los Angeles force some to seek out unconventional living arrangements, but dozens of people who found inexpensive space in a Hollywood office building are on the streets following a raid by city officials.

A City Attorney’s task force conducted the raid on a four-story commercial building at Hollywood Blvd. and Cosmo Street.

The task force targets places like the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland where a fire killed 36 people in spaces that had been illegally converted to dwellings.