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When Your Landlord Won’t Fix Things, You Have Rights!

California law requires that landlords provide renters with a place to live that is safe and secure.  Landlords are required to fix any problem with your rental unit that makes it “uninhabitable.”  Although there is no strict definition of what makes a place “uninhabitable,” it generally refers to conditions that make the rental unit unsafe or unhealthy.  It doesn’t have to make the place unlivable and can be as simple as a missing window screen, torn carpet, defective electrical outlets or peeling paint.  It can also be something unhealthy, like cockroaches, bedbugs, rats or mold, or dangerous like missing locks or criminal activity.

You Don’t Have to Live in Slumlord Conditions

If your landlord refuses to fix problems that make your rental unit “uninhabitable,” it’s time to act.  Our attorneys are passionate about protecting tenants’ rights and have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.

We frequently handle cases involving the following unsafe or unhealthy conditions:

  • No heat or no hot water
  • Cockroach, bedbug and other insect infestations
  • Rat infestations
  • Mold growing on the walls and ceilings
  • Plumbing issues, including leaky pipes, broken toilets that overflow or won’t flush and sinks that are plugged up
  • Failure to repair Health and Safety Code violations
  • Broken doors and windows
  • Holes in walls, ceilings and floors
  • Rotten cabinets
  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Structural hazards
  • Lead based paint that is deteriorated, peeling or chipping

What Should You Do?

If you or a member or your family is being abused by a landlord, there are a few things that you should do immediately to protect your rights.  Doing these things will strengthen your case.

  • Make complaints in writing. When you notify your landlord of the problems with your unit, make your complaint in writing by certified letter, email or text.  Save all your correspondence with the landlord.
  • Take photos and videos. Photographs and videos are powerful evidence of the unsafe and unhealthy conditions at the property.
  • Call code compliance and the health department. A Health and Safety Code violation gives you additional rights and protections under the law.
  • Continue to pay rent. Do not withhold rent.  Landlords will use this as an excuse not to fix the issues at your unit.
  • Call an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and help you decide whether you have a case or not.

What Should You do if You Find Mold in Your Apartment?

  • Notify your Landlord Immediately. When you notify your landlord of the mold in your apartment, make your complaint in writing by certified letter, email or text.  Save all your correspondence with the landlord.
  • Document the Mold. Take photographs and videos of the mold.  Call a certified mold testing company to test your apartment for mold.
  • Call code compliance and the health department. A Health and Safety Code violation gives you additional rights and protections under the law.
  • Move out. Breaking your lease should be a last resort, but if your health and safety is at risk, it may be necessary.
  • Call NPN Law to understand your rights. (805) 639-8600.

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Mold

Asbestos

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Retaliatory Eviction

Unpermitted Units

Health & Safety Code Violations

Personal Injury

Car Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Bus Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Workpace Injuries

Wrongful Death

Premises Liability

Product Liability

Pedestrian Accidents

Dog Bites

Workers Compensation

Workplace Injuries

Death on the Job

Workplace Harassment

Other Areas of Practice

Tenant Law

Mold

Asbestos

Lead

Slum Housing

Retaliatory Eviction

Unpermitted Units

Health & Safety Code Violations

Personal Injury

Car Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Bus Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Wrongful Death

Premises Liability

Workplace Injuries

Product Liability

Pedestrian Accidents

Dog Bites

Workers Compensation

Workplace Injuries

Death on the Job

Workplace Harassment

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