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Slum Housing in California
In California, a rental unit must be habitable. Unfortunately, many “slumlords” in large cities like Los Angeles neglect their rental units. They subject their tenants to substandard living conditions. These slumlords take advantage of tenants living in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods who don’t have the resources to fight back. They push their tenants around, threaten them with eviction, and even threaten deportation or withhold essential housing services. Know that, as a tenant, you have legal rights.
How Do I Know if I Have a Valid Legal Claim?
California law states that the “implied warranty of habitability” is part of every residential lease. California Civil Code, Section 1941.1 and Health and Safety Code, Section 17902.3 further require landlords to meet basic minimum conditions of habitability in a rental unit. If your rental unit has any of the following defects, it is considered uninhabitable by law, and you may have a valid legal claim:
• Cockroach, bedbug or rodent infestation
• No running water, or a lack of hot water
• No heat due to broken gas furnace
• Plumbing leaks or rainwater leaks
• Scalding hot water from appliances
• Crumbling plaster, drywall or ceiling
• Toilet overflows and sewage leaks
• Mold or damp conditions
• Broken or clogged up sinks
• Holes in the walls
• Damaged windows, floors, or doors
• Defective stairs or railings
• Defective electrical outlets or wiring
• Unclean or unsanitary common areas
• Overflowing trash bins
Can I Be Evicted for Complaining to or Suing My Landlord?
We know that filing a complaint or initiating a lawsuit may be scary or intimidating, particularly if your landlord has threatened you with eviction.
However, California has outlawed landlord retaliation against tenants who exercise a legal right by filing a complaint about their living conditions. You may be reluctant to take action against your landlord because you are afraid of the consequences if you speak out. The attorneys at Riley Ersoff & Shakhnis will protect your rights throughout the entire legal process.
CONTACT THE TOP LOS ANGELES TENANT LAWYERS TODAY
If you believe your apartment or rental home may be uninhabitable, you should contact a qualified tenant’s rights attorney to discuss your legal options.
The tenant’s rights attorneys at Riley Ersoff & Shakhnis have represented hundreds of tenants and achieved millions of dollars in damages awards. Our attorneys have a proven track record of success and will fight aggressively to protect your rights throughout the entire process.
Below are some examples of the victories our lawyers at Riley Ersoff & Shakhnis, have achieved for our clients:
- $3,600,000.00 IN DAMAGES FROM SLUM HOUSING AND LEAD POISONING
- $2,750,000.00 IN DAMAGES FROM SLUM HOUSING
- $1,750,000.00 IN DAMAGES FROM SLUM HOUSING
- $1,450,000.00 IN DAMAGES FROM SLUM HOUSING
- $850,000.00 IN DAMAGES FROM SLUM HOUSING
- $800,000.00 IN DAMAGES FROM SLUM HOUSING
If you believe your apartment or rental home is uninhabitable or if you have been subject to slum housing conditions, don’t continue to suffer. Contact an attorney at the Riley Ersoff & Shakhnis today. We provide free consultations to answer any questions you may have and to help you determine your legal rights and options. Call our offices or fill out a form online today!
Slum housing can apply to a variety of conditions that a landlord is responsible for addressing. Things like cockroach or other bug infestations, lack of running water or hot water, serious plumbing issues, and other unsanitary conditions are a hazard to the health of you and your family. A tenant’s rights attorney can help – learn more on our site and reach out for a free case review.
First, a tenant’s rights attorney can ensure you have a valid case and that your claim will hold up under stern review. With Riley Ersoff & Shakhnis, you’ll be able to explain your case and talk to a lawyer at no cost. If the attorney takes your case, they’ll walk you through the process and handle any negotiations along the way. They’ll also take your case to trial if that is the best course of action.
- California Tenants Guide
- Fair Housing: Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department
- Phyllis W. Cheng, California Fair Housing and Public Accommodations, § 1:1, 2, 6, 7, 9 (December 2018)
- Lead Poisoning: Mayo Clinic
- California Code of Regulations: Lead-Based Paint Hazards
- Daniel J. Penovsky, Childhood Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Litigation. 66 Am Jur Trials 47 (1998).
- California Civil Code Section 1941.1-1941.5