What to do if I am being retaliated against by my landlord for reporting him to the city?

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What to do if I am being retaliated against by my landlord for reporting him to the city?

I filed a complaint to the city about the problems with my apartment, specifically about roaches. The city inspector came out and investigated and found out more problems with the apartment and forced the landlord to fix the issues within 30 days. The issues were fixed but now I am being targeted by the landlord and scared in to believing that I will be evicted based off noise complaints from over a year ago. I sent my rent this month but deducted $300 for extermination expenses for the past year because he wouldn’t pay for it and he responded with I couldn’t do that and had to tell him 30 days before and demanded the rest of the money. I am very fed up with this and wish to sue my landlord for harassment and stress.

Asked on October 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Before you actually sue your landlord with respect to the perceived retaliation that you are being the target of, I suggest that you consult with a landlord tenant attorney to see what your legal options are with respect to the lease that you have. If you cannot afford a landlord tenant attorney, I suggest that you consult with your local legal aid clinic for advice.

If your community has a landlord tenant clinic contacting it for assistance is a further option.


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