Elder Financial Abuse Affirmative Litigation and Cancellation of Void Deed, PLC 19E-1048579
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her 70s. A family member recorded a deed purporting to transfer title of Client's home into the family member's name. The family member has threatened that he will remove Client from the property, which will result in Client experiencing homelessness. Client seeks assistance cancelling the deed so that she can maintain her housing. The purported grant deed does not appear to comply with the Government Code.
Furthering Fair Housing Laws, PLC 20E-1049214
Client is a person with mental health disabilities. Client receives a federal subsidy to rent in the private market. Although client is now stably housed, the housing provider that refused to rent to her caused her mental anguish that exacerbated her mental health condition and resulted in her hospitalization. Client seeks to file suit against the housing provider to ensure compliance with federal and state fair housing laws.
Housing Discrimination, PLC 20E-1052328 & 20E-1052335
Clients are a married couple who have a Section 8 voucher. They seek to reside in a senior community, but have been discouraged from renting there. In at least one case, they were specifically declined because of their Section 8 voucher, in violation of state law. Clients would like assistance pursuing their claims of discrimination against the housing providers and their agents.
Landlord/Tenant – Habitability, PLC 20E-1052228, 20E-1052238, 20E-1052237, & 20E-1052236
Clients are seeking help filing an affirmative lawsuit against their landlord for severe breaches of the implied warranty of habitability that involve, but are not limited to, a rat infestation from which they have suffered personal injury. Clients have complained to their landlord for repairs since May 2020, but to date, the landlord has ignored the requests for repairs. Because of the uninhabitable conditions, clients withheld rent and are now facing a threat of eviction.
Landlord/Tenant – Habitability, PLC 20E-1051612
Clients are roommates in an apartment that is completely uninhabitable. They seek to get repairs to the unit/reimbursed for moneys spent on rehabilitating the unit, including a mold rehabitation company. One of the clients is three weeks away from delivering a baby, and her doctor recommended that she move from the unit. Since the first complaints to the LL, the roommates hired a mold remediation company. The mold remediation company stated that it would take two weeks to fix the mold and cost $1,800.
Landlord/Tenant – Illegal Eviction, PLC 20E-1050325 & 20-1050916
Clients seek to file an affirmative complaint against their landlord for an illegal eviction and damages, including emotional distress damages, stemming from their landlord’s unlawful actions after their landlord promised clients that they could return to the unit after the landlord repaired it, following clients’ requests that the landlord provide them with a habitable place to live. Clients vacated the unit and when they returned, they found the unit re-rented and their belongings gone.
Landlord/Tenant Dispute - Discrimination, PLC 20E-1051216
Client is a single-mother of two minor children. She seeks to sue her landlord for unlawful housing discrimination on the basis of race, and other civil claims related to breach of contract, including breach of the implied covenant of quiet enjoyment. Client's landlord used racial slurs against her and her children, resulting in a constructive eviction. Client seeks assistance with filing a complaint with the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and if necessary, in civil court.
Landlord/Tenant Dispute – Discrimination, PLC 20E-1051936, 20E-1052043 & 20E-1052045
Clients are three roommates, all older adults, who seek to rescind their contracts/leases for the mobilehome that they rent. The clients entered into a predatory agreement and are being harassed. The landlord has failed to take any action to stop the harassment. Possibly in retaliation, the landlord has alleged a breach of the contract, which would result in the client being forced to leave the premises. Clients would like assistance resolving the dispute with their landlord, recovering any money paid and ensuring they are able to remain housed.
Landlord/Tenant Dispute – Health and Safety, PLC 20E-105
Client is a pregnant woman who is living in an apartment with two roommates. Over the past couple of months, Client and her roommates have been living with mold in their apartment due to a water leak and a cockroach infestation. Client’s doctor has suggested she move immediately for her health. Client would like assistance navigating the situation with the landlord, as she believes she is at risk of eviction because of her complaints.
Landlord/Tenant Dispute - Health and Safety, PLC 20E-1051370
Client has a disability and has been adversely affected by smoke from her neighbor's apartments for multiple years now. The property management company is on notice, but rather than address the issues, the company has dismissed her concerns and even retaliated against her. Client's apartment was recently tested and high rates of illegal drugs were present in her home were found. Client would like to assert her rights against the property management company for the damage to her property and her physical health.
Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, PLC 19E-1045127
Client is a monolingual Spanish-speaking widow in her 70s. Client obtained Property-Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) financing through a door-to-door salesperson to make improvements to her home, some of which she does not believe were energy efficient or were done poorly. All discussions were in Spanish, and all documents she signed were in English. As a result of the work, Client's property taxes have increased by over $10,000 a year. Client would like assistance rescinding the contract and removing the tax assessment from her property.
Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, 20-1051904
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her early 50s. Client obtained Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for work that was never completed on her home. All discussions related to the home "improvements" were in Spanish, and all documents related to the home "improvements" she signed were in English. As a result of the PACE assessment, Client's property taxes have increased by over $4,000 a year, an amount she is unable to pay. Client fears losing her home. Client would like assistance rescinding the contract and removing the tax assessment from her property.
Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, PLC 20E-1051883
Client is in her late 40s and speaks some English, although she prefers and better understands Farsi. Client agreed to have improvements made to her home after a door-to-door salesperson solicited her. Client believed the project would be financed with a low-interest loan. Instead, the contractors obtained Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to pay for the project. The work was done poorly, using cheap materials, and Client does not believe any improvements created energy savings. As a result of the work, Client's property taxes have increased to over $17,000 a year, which she did not expect and cannot afford. Client would like assistance rescinding the contract and removing the tax assessment from her property.
Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, PLC 19E-1047995
Client is in her 60’s and speaks Spanish. Client was solicited for so-called energy efficient home improvements by a door-to-door salesperson. Client considered the improvements, but never actually signed a contract. Without client’s understanding, the contractor financed home improvements through a tax assessment on client’s property. The contractor never started work on the project, and client was shocked to learn what happened when she received her next property tax statement. Client is seeking assistance recovering the money she paid to remove the tax assessment so she can pay back the countless friends and family who helped her raise that money.
Property Damage to Mobilehome, PLC 20E-1052263
Clients are seniors who, several years ago, purchased a mobilehome in a senior mobilehome park, where they had hoped to live out their retirement. After purchasing the mobilehome, the Park has had major issues that have caused significant damage to their mobilehome among other costs to the clients and a need to make claims on their insurance. These issues were not disclosed to Client prior to them purchasing the mobilehome. Clients hired an inspector who concluded that the Park's failure to maintain is the cause of the issues. The issues are now affecting the Clients’ health and they are unable to sell their mobilehome and relocate because of the concerns. Clients would like to bring an action against the Park to be compensated so that they can relocate to protect their health.