Cockroaches, Bed Bugs, Mold Spark $10M Lawsuit
KCRA.com (Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A civil
lawsuit alleging long-term substandard living conditions against
the owner of the Cordova Estates apartments in Rancho Cordova is
seeking $10 million in damages for 97 tenants.
"It's horrific. It's disgusting. I can't describe it. I was
without heat for three years," said tenant Jessica Munoz, the named
plaintiff in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed this month, alleges that the property owner,
Juvenal Campos, did not fulfill his duty to maintain habitable
apartments for tenants paying $525 to $725 per month in rent.
A prepared statement sent by "the owners" of the property stated
that they are trying to address issues in those apartments.
"We are disappointed by the filing of this lawsuit," read the
statement which was signed "the owners".
Meanwhile, Rancho Cordova code inspectors stress Campos is
facing a string of code violations based on a recent walk-through
of the apartment complex.
"He is facing roughly 150 violations ... He could face fines in
the hundreds of thousands of dollars if we continue to come out and
things not be done," said Kerri Simpson, Rancho Cordova Code
City officials said they are working the property owner to fix
the owner. However, Simpson said previous agreements to fix
problems in the past failed.