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Comments made by egvilleda

Solutions Waning For Tenants Of Substandard Housing

Fast forward to 2012 when unfortunately budgets have run thinner. I personally have been going through this situation. I am currently residing in a home that has a collapsing ceiling, floors, periodic sewage and water leaks, all utilities for multiple units on one meter- (which I have been forced to pay out of pocket or risk shut off from the landlord again) faulty electricity, gas leaks, and mice. I filed a complaint with code enforcement. They investigated and issued a citation. The landlord began repairs. However as soon as they saw compliance the case was closed. All repairs stopped and instead he collected rent from me and then filed an unlawful detainer. He even began sending people over to the premises to try and "scare" me into moving. I responded with in a timely manner to the unlawful detainer and obtained legal counsel from the legal aid society. They recommended I settle for a dismissal because he was going to continue filing unlawful detainer suits even after I won regardless of how much it cost because he was angry I complained. They also recommended I move as soon as possible after further investigation of the property because of the deplorable conditions and constant harrasment. Unable to afford the constant harassment and legal proceedings I settled. I ended up losing my job as a direct result of court proceedings involving this individual. He continues to prey on lower income and illegal tenants knowing they can not afford to move and can not afford to fight him in court. As unfortunate as it is, it is still a reality.

June 24, 2012 at 5:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )