Paso Robles apartment complex sued for alleged uninhabitable, vermin-infested conditions
–San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation (SLOLAF) and the Hutkin Law Firm filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against the owners and manager of Grand View Apartments in Paso Robles alleging that they have knowingly allowed their tenants to live in uninhabitable, vermin-infested conditions for years.
Grand View Apartments, located on Spring Street in Paso Robles, has 54 apartment units and is believed to house at least 200 tenants according to the complaint. Tenants claim that the apartment complex has been insect and vermin-infested, with a rampant bed bug, cockroach and rat problem throughout the units. The property also has a severe mold problem and dangerous gas and electrical lines that render the premises uninhabitable, among many other problems, according to the complaint.
The Grand View Apartments, LLC is owned by Santa Barbara County residents Ebrahim and Fahimeh Madadi, according to the complaint. The owners are reportedly trying to sell the apartment complex for $11,595,000. The tenants claim that the owners refuse to repair the uninhabitable conditions and simultaneously raise the rent every few months. According to Grand View’s marketing information, the owners are reporting $595,000 net operating income for 2018.
The attorney who filed the complaint on behalf of the tenants, SLOLAF Legal Director Stephanie Barclay, stated: “This was a case we could not turn away. When we met with the tenants, saw the conditions they are living in, heard their stories of how much they have tolerated and how unfairly they have been treated, we had to do something. They pay their rent on time and they just want to live somewhere safe where they can sleep at night.”
SLOLAF is co-counseling with the Hutkin Law Firm on this class action lawsuit. “We hope the lawsuit will result in creating safe and livable conditions for the tenants as soon as possible,” Barclay said.