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‘Gimme Shelter’: Why mold and sewage complaints evade L.A. apartment inspectors

Earlier this year, code enforcement officials at the city of Los Angeles cleared the Chesapeake Apartments in South L.A. after a required inspection that was supposed to ensure its rental units were habitable. The complex has 425 apartments and takes up multiple city blocks.

But the city’s clean bill of health belied the numerous problems with mold, sewage leaks, faulty smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and other issues that tenants say have plagued the massive complex for years. Beyond that, a 2020 investigation in LAist found Chesapeake Apartments’ owner has been accused by tenants and multiple government agencies of allowing similar conditions across a more than $1-billion real estate empire that’s centered in Southern California.

Thousands of Bay Area renters could be in jeopardy amid new wave of aid denials

Da Vina Teasley paid the rent regularly at her Richmond home for two decades before COVID-19 hit.

The pandemic took away her job, sent her to the hospital for a week, and now threatens to leave her family homeless. Teasley applied for $40,000 in rental assistance in December for the first time, and was rejected by the state program for “inconsistent or unverifiable information.”

Despite repeated calls to the state by Teasley and her attorney at the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, they haven’t been able figure out what more documentation the state needs.

‘Slumlord’ conditions reported at South LA apartment building

Activists with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) joined tenants recently to call on the California Attorney General to intervene and hold a landlord accountable for allegedly allowing slum conditions and endangering the health and safety of residents.

Residents of the apartment building on Obama Boulevard in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area say they live with black mold, faulty heaters and broken pipes that spew raw sewage.

“These conditions cannot continue to go on like this. People are going to the hospital,’’ said Zerita Jones, who lives at the property, in a statement provided by ACCE.

Kicked out for repairs: How San Diego, Chula Vista plan to curb evictions

David Zimmerman had big plans when he moved into a four-bedroom house in North Park. He would split the $2,500 monthly rent three ways with roommates and take full advantage of the backyard — starting a garden, hosting parties, maybe even raising chickens.

Zimmerman only had a verbal agreement to live there, but he said the property owner was his friend’s mom. He said he didn’t think twice about it because she made him feel part of the family.

Residentes de un edificio en el sur de Los Ángeles se quejan de la administración

Inquilinos de un complejo de apartamentos de 400 unidades en el sur de Los Ángeles protestaron  contra el propietario quien, según ellos, se niega a abordar las condiciones inhumanas en las que viven.

South L.A. tenants protest apartment conditions

KTLA 5 - South Los Angeles tenants were protesting apartment conditions on Thursday that they say are making them sick.

Mold and sewage plague South L.A. apartments even after inspections, tenants say

Sabrina Dolan is convinced that her apartment is poisoning her.

Black, mold-like spots dot the windowsill in her living room. They appear on her bedroom windows along with signs of termites. The spots also cover a corner of her bathroom, and no amount of scrubbing can make them go away.

Recently, she’s been coughing up chunks of thick, dark mucus.

And no matter how many times she says she complains to her landlord at the South Los Angeles apartment she shares with her fiancé, nothing ever gets repaired.

Crenshaw Building Tenants Allege Bad Conditions, Ask Officials To Intervene

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Activists with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment joined tenants today to call on the California Attorney General to intervene and hold a landlord accountable for allegedly allowing slum conditions and endangering the health and safety of residents.

Residents of the apartment building on Obama Boulevard in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area say they live with black mold, faulty heaters and broken pipes that spew raw sewage.

"These conditions cannot continue to go on like this. People are going to the hospital,'' said Zerita Jones, who lives at the property, in a statement provided by ACCE.