Locksmiths were seen on Thursday at the Los Angeles home where a ‘serial squatter’ who first moved into the guesthouse in 2021 is camped out, refusing to leave.
Elizabeth Hirschhorn, a 55-year-old script writer, moved into the guesthouse of Sascha Jovanovic’s Brentwood home in September 2021.
She initially rented the property through Airbnb for six months, paying $20,793 for 187 nights.
Jovanovic agreed with Hirschhorn to extend her tenancy for one month, but Hirschhorn has since refused to move out. They made the deal directly, which Airbnb says means they are not legally responsible for the dispute.
The pair have been battling through the courts, with Hirschhorn insisting that it was unsafe to move out during the COVID-19 pandemic, and saying that the rental property was not up to LA city regulations.
Her latest salvo, through her lawyers, is to seek $100,000 from Jovanovic, in return for her moving out.
On Thursday, locksmiths were seen at the Brentwood property – though it’s unclear why they were called.
Locksmiths are seen on Thursday at the Brentwood house where the ‘tenant from hell’, squatter Elizabeth Hirschhorn, is refusing to leave
Hirschhorn (right) has now been dubbed ‘America’s worst Airbnb renter’ after it emerged she was demanding $100,000 to vacate the home of host Sascha Jovanovic (left)
Airbnb host Sascha Jovanovic approved a six-month stay for Hirschhorn from September 13, 2021 to March 19, 2022 – a total of 187 nights that she later extended to April 12, 2022. She is yet to move out
Jovanovic told The Los Angeles Times last month that he was scared in his own home, with a ‘hostile’ Hirschhorn living on the property.
‘I can never go into my home and know that I’m safe when a potentially hostile person is living there,’ he said.
‘I’m thinking about it at all times.’
He added: ‘I tried to be a kind host. I had no idea she would become what she has become.’
Hirschhorn has called the police to complain about noise from Joavnovic’s adolescent children, and accused him in her lawsuit of blocking access to her mail, because he refused to share the mailbox.
‘It’s like a war where no bullets are flying. Every time I open the door, I’m afraid she’ll be leaving at the same time,’ he said.
‘Her door is a few feet from my daughter’s bedroom. We don’t sleep well anymore.
‘Psychologically, it affects you. It never leaves my mind.’
A locksmith is seen at the Brentwood house on Thursday, though its unclear why they were called
The home owner has been trying to get his tenant evicted since April 2022
Locksmiths are seen at work on Thursday outside the Brentwood home
Locksmiths are pictured at the Brentwood home where the woman dubbed dubbed ‘America’s worst Airbnb renter’ resides
An unknown woman was spotted talking to the locksmith crews as the visited the California home
One of Hirschorn’s attorneys, Colin Walshok, told the paper: ‘The landlord broke the law and tried to make money by renting out an illegal bootleg unit.
‘After he was caught, instead of doing the right thing, he has resorted to bullying, harassment and the filing of frivolous lawsuits containing elaborate false stories, all in attempt to cover his tracks.’
Sebastian Rucci, an attorney representing Jovanovic, called Hirschhorn ‘the tenant from hell’.
He added: ‘If she’s right, the theory is that if a landlord has something that isn’t permitted, then you can stay in it rent-free forever.’
Two months before moving to the Brentwood property, Hirschhorn was kicked out of a $2.6million rental in Oakland, California.
She cited Covid-19 in that case as well, before eventually settling in July 2021.
Hirschhorn previously lived in Pasadena, California, and in Tucson, Arizona, with her elderly parents.
Court filings reveal the current Brentwood tenant-landlord dispute is strikingly similar to the Oakland case, which also saw Hirschhorn embroiled in a dispute over cleaning, with the man from whom she initially sublet the property moving out due to her ‘hostile behavior’, leaving her alone in the house where she continued to stay despite having no tenancy agreement and paying no rent.
Oakland property: Court filings obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Hirschhorn was involved in a similar squatting dispute at this cottage she sublet in 2019. The case was settled just two months before she moved into her current rental
Hirschhorn also recently settled another dispute – this time over an unpaid $19,000 American Express credit card bill.
As in the other cases, she countersued claiming she wasn’t liable for the full amount.
She was ordered to pay both the bill and AMEX’s legal costs by a Los Angeles judge in April.
Calls, texts and emails to Hirschhorn by DailyMail.com regarding both her current situation and her previous property dispute went unanswered.