Vallejo, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: I am a resident in a mobile home and RV park in Vallejo CA and have been without electricity since 8/10/2020.

This has affected 3 other residents and the office has been aware since day one of the problem, which has now been 6 full days. 4 different electricians have been out to diagnose the problem now, however, NOTHING has been fixed nor has the management offered any resolution such as temporary lodging or providing the affected residents with a generator. We are not only in the midst of a global pandemic we are also currently experiencing a heat wave with temperatures reaching 100°+ Management hasn't been communicating with us, fails to return calls, texts, emails, etc... and are rarely in the office to speak to in person. Without electricity we have no hot water, all our perishable food has spoiled and the heat has been unbearable without any means to run the AC or even a box fan. I know that I cannot refuse to pay my rent or I risk eviction but I don't know where to go or what to do for myself and my neighbor's and I feel our health and safety is being compromised. Can you advise?

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Tomorrow, Monday, file a Small Claims Action against the park, the individual managers and the management company, you can ask for up to $10,000., for space rental rebate, violation of the warranty of habitability, Negligent infliction of emotional distress and negligence. Opt to have it served by the Sheriff. Oh, ask for a fee waiver if you qualify, it will reduce your costs completely. Calculate your damages for the court, space rent for the entire month, any expenses you incurred in trying to keep yourselves cool, go see your doctor and complain about the emotional distress you have suffered, Calculate the emotional distress at $500.00 per day and the rest is punitive damages. You can also hire your own electrician to come out and figure out what is going on and make that an element of damage, when you go to court. Keep track of the daily high temperatures,. This is outrageous. Consult with a local Tenant's rights attorney.

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Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Is the manager the owner of the RV park? If so, hire a lawyer to sue him in State court. Best of luck.

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