Mohamed Hadid, a real estate developer and father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, has been ordered to pay $2.6 million to his neighbors in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. The dispute centers around the construction of a massive, 30,000-square-foot mega-mansion that Hadid began building in 2011.
The neighbors, Joe and Bibi Horacek, have been fighting the construction of the mansion for years. They argue that the building violates numerous building codes and is a nuisance to the surrounding community. The Horaceks claim that the construction has caused landslides, property damage, and disturbed the peace of the neighborhood.
Hadid has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has defended the construction of his mansion. However, in 2015, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety ordered him to halt construction on the property due to violations of building codes. Despite this order, Hadid continued work on the mansion, which led to a criminal investigation and a $50,000 fine.
The recent court ruling represents a major victory for the Horaceks and the other neighbors who have been fighting Hadid’s mansion for years. According to the judge, Hadid’s failure to comply with building codes and the damage caused to the surrounding community justified the $2.6 million penalty.
Hadid’s legal team has vowed to appeal the ruling, but for now, the ruling represents a significant setback for the real estate developer. The case has also attracted plenty of attention from the media thanks to Hadid’s celebrity children and the size and scale of the mansion in question.
The dispute over Hadid’s mansion highlights the tension that can arise between the rights of property owners and the interests of the surrounding community. While developers like Hadid have a right to build on their own property, they also have a responsibility to abide by building codes and not create a nuisance for their neighbors. If they fail to do so, as Hadid did in this case, they can expect to face significant fines and penalties.
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