RESIDENTS (plaintiff) v. OWNER INVESTMENTS, INC. (defendant)
The case settled for $300,000 after mediation.
The Plaintiffs, 8 adults and 4 minors, were tenants of a two-level townhome-style dwelling in Los Angeles County. During their tenancy, all plaintiffs repeatedly complained about the uninhabitable conditions to the defendant’s agents, including property management staff and maintenance personnel. From the plaintiffs’ complaints and Code enforcement records, the OWNER (defendant) and management were on notice of the building’s untenantable conditions including pest infestations, ceiling leaks, plumbing deficiencies and leaks, lack of hot water, mold, mildew, broken windows, missing window screens, and deteriorated walls, floors and fixtures. The OWNERS (defendant) failed to adequately address the untenantable conditions and neglected to make timely and necessary repairs. City code enforcement issued citation notices to the OWNERS (defendant) to address multiple serious habitability violations. City inspections gave notice to the OWNERS of the multiple reinspection fees and administrative fines for violations that remained uncorrected and unabated.
RESIDENTS were living in uninhabitable conditions. The RESIDENTS (plaintiffs) alleged they suffered from insect bites, and other physical symptoms from the conditions of the apartment. The symptoms included headaches, stomach aches, respiratory issues including difficulty breathing, watery eyes, dizziness, skin irritations, emotional distress, sensation of bugs crawling on them, embarrassment, fear of serious illness, and lack of sleep or problems sleeping. The tenants sought damages for physical injury, emotional distress, restitution of rent, property damage, and statutory penalties pursuant to C.C.P § 1942.4(b)(2).
RENTER (plaintiff) v. OWNER (defendant)
The case settled for $2.1 million after mediation.
The Plaintiffs; 32 adults and 14 minors, were tenants of an apartment complex in Los Angeles. Plaintiffs brought this suit alleging causes of action pertaining to defendant OWNER’s repeated and continuous failure to maintain the property according to the applicable City and County building, safety, and housing laws.
TENANTS (plaintiffs) v. LANDLORD (defendant)
The case settled after mediation for $150,000.
The Plaintiffs; 4 adults and 3 minors, were tenants living in a low-income apartment complex in Long Beach. Defendants were served with multiple “Citation Warning Notices” from Long Beach Code Enforcement. The citations were relative to unsightly conditions of exterior portions of the building, lack of sanitation throughout the interior to include: “rodents, insects, and other vermin…” mold, lack of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, continual roof leaks, ceiling damage, lack of heaters, and deteriorated windscreens. Defendants were also served with an “Inspection Report” by Long Beach Code Enforcement for extensive mold, deteriorated or damaged walls and ceilings, leaking roof and windows, lack of hot water, and infestations of cockroaches and rodents.
TENANTS were living in uninhabitable conditions. The TENANTS (plaintiffs) alleged they suffered from bedbug and insect bites, allergies, and other physical symptoms from the conditions of the apartment. The symptoms included coughing, sneezing, sore throat, stomach aches, skin irritations, and lack of sleep or problems sleeping. The tenants also suffered from lack of heat, and intermittent hot and cold running water. The tenants sought damages for physical injury, emotional distress, restitution of rent, property damage, and statutory penalties pursuant to C.C.P. Section 1941.1.