I remember reading a lot about Mohammed Hadid’s building permit issues on a property he was developing in Bel Air. I remember the photos of the huge structure that looks sort of like a gigantic spaceship from Star Wars. I remember writing a story about it and a commenter pointing out to me that this was not the house that Mohammed actually lives in. I remember that it was on a hill and the neighbors below were terrified that it was going to slide down the hill one day and kill them all. I can’t find any of those articles today. Only this one and this one about Sylvester Stallone suing Moh and being super pissed at Lisa Vanderpump for recommending Moh to him in the first place.
But apparently, Moh’s lack of proper building permits and illegally overbuilding on the property has become a criminal matter.
On Thursday April 20th, Hadid was in Van Nuys Superior Court where his attorneys met with the L.A. City Attorney’s office to discuss a plea deal on the criminal charges against him involving the monstrosity he built at 901 Strada Vecchia in Bel Air. In open court Robert Shapiro argued that Moh would plead guilty to the criminal charges in exchange for not being sentenced for an undetermined period of time so that he could bring the structure into compliance with Los Angeles building code. The concern for Hadid is if he has a criminal conviction it could prevent him from getting the construction loan he needs to make the changes. The LA City attorney says that is hogwash and criminal convictions do not generally have any impact on taking out a loan.
According to the Beverly Hills Courier, “It is unknown what Hadid’s punishment would be if convicted. L.A. City Attorney Deputy Chief Tina Hess said Thursday that Hadid would not be facing jail time. It’s possible that Hadid could be looking at a mix of a fine and public service, along with a possible ban on building in Los Angeles for a period of time. ”
Hadid heads back to court next Tuesday to hammer out the details of the plea deal. The neighbors are eager for a resolution to the unsightly and unsafe conditions that they have dealt with for at least three years.