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Dozens of tenants are being forced to vacate a South Los Angeles commercial building that was converted into now-shoddy apartments, amid complaints that the city should have acted sooner to enforce building codes and help residents relocate.

In recent years, the building was converted into dozens of apartments, some of them windowless — prompting a complaint to the city six months ago. But when city inspectors ultimately required that the Hoover Street building be vacated, tenants were given little time to leave.

A Fire Department order said they had to leave by Friday, citing “unsafe buildings” and “structural hazards.” The order, dated March 20, was not posted at the building until March 27, according to the Inner City Law Center, a legal services group that has been assisting the displaced residents.

Many tenants were scrambling Thursday to gather their possessions before news came that City Councilman Curren Price had stepped in and gotten the Fire Department to give residents a two-week extension while the city secured money to help them relocate.

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