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Apartment Mold

Oakland, CA: (Nov-18-07) Twelve immigrant families who lived in a dilapidated, unheated, mold and cockroach infested apartment, brought charges against their landlord, Roosevelt Owyang, accusing him of not providing a habitable dwelling at the complex. The suit also alleged breach of contract. The former tenants stated that rain water leaked into their apartments from windows and ceilings so the apartments were constantly damp and mold was thick. Cockroaches were everywhere, and stairway railings and floorboards were often broken. Several plaintiffs claimed that they developed asthma along with the 39 former and current residents who are party to the suit. Several others claimed that they suffered from chronic sinusitis and upper-respiratory problems as a result of staying at the apartment. The complaint was filed in state Superior Court in Alameda County. As part of a settlement reached, the twelve immigrant families received a $1.3 million payout, resolving the lawsuit. [INSIDE BAY AREA: APARTMENT MOLD]

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Published on Nov-19-07


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