Oakland tenants sue over alleged ‘atrocious’ living conditions

San Jose Mercury News - About two dozen Fruitvale tenants are suing their landlord, demanding he fix living conditions they say range from rat infestations to holes in the floor to an ongoing lack of hot water.

The six-unit building on 28th Avenue is rife with health and safety issues that violate state and local law, according to lawyers who filed the lawsuit this week in Alameda County Superior Court. They claim landlord Michael You, who owns the complex through BYLD 2 LLC, has neglected the building since taking ownership in 2018 — despite repeated requests by tenants to make repairs.

“He has willingly violated these laws and allowed atrocious conditions to exist in this property,” said Ruby Acevedo, a lawyer with Public Advocates who is representing the plaintiffs.

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