Traumatic Injuries on the Premises
When landlords neglect their rental properties, many life-threatening hazards can develop. These hazards can include the following:
- Fire hazards
- Electrical hazards
- Lack of or malfunctioning smoke detectors
- Lack of lighting
- Access to the roof for young children
- Lack of properly functioning safety railings
- Defective stairs
- Inoperable elevators
- Adjacent sidewalks with severe cracks
- Lack of security despite known crime incidents
First Steps to Take to Protect Your Rights
To protect your rights as a tenant you should consider taking the following steps:
- Call and make a complaint to the Los Angeles Housing Department at (866) 557-RENT and to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at (888) 700-9995.
- Take photos and videotape of dangerous conditions in and around your home or apartment building.
- Make complaints about all of the problems to your landlord or apartment manager in writing and keep a copy.
- Contact an attorney to review your rights and legal options.
The Law Protects Tenants
California law requires owners of rental properties to provide their tenants with at least the minimum in safe and healthy housing. A rental unit must have working and safe appliances, fire alarms, functioning elevators, properly secured exterior doors and proper lighting.