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Tenants file lawsuit claiming Paso Robles apartment is unsafe and infested with vermin

Posted at 8:09 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 23:09:49-04

A Paso Robles apartment building is at the center of a class action lawsuit, which claims the complex was unsafe to live in and infested with insects and vermin.

The lawsuit names Grand View Apartments, which is located at 102-240 Spring Street. It also names Ebrahim Madadi, a member/manager of the apartments, Fahimeh Madadi, another member/manager of the apartments, and Nicolle Davis, the property manager.

It was filed Tuesday on behalf of current or former tenants.

The complaint says the apartment complex breached the “implied warranty of habitability” and accuses it of negligence, among other complaints.

The lawsuit says Ebrahim and Fahimeh Madadi first purchased the property in February of 2008.

However, for the past four years, the lawsuit says the property has been infested with insects and vermin, including bed bugs, cockroaches, and rats. The plaintiffs also say the property has a severe mold problem and dangerous gas and electric lines, which make it unsafe to live in.

The lawsuit lists issues including raw sewage outside of the apartment units, water leaks in sinks and showers, frequent lack of hot water, flooding in the parking lot, broken windows, sewage backup, roof leaks, improperly placed stoves, damaged flooring, a lack of air conditioners, malfunctioning refrigerators and heaters, and a lack of functioning smoke and CO2 detectors.

The plaintiffs say they suffered for several years from flu-like symptoms, allergies, stomach pains, headaches, rashes, and what are believed to be insect bites. The plaintiffs claim that when they would tell the on-site handyman or property manager about the issues, they were bounced back and forth between the two or “given excuses for why the problems could not be fixed.”

The lawsuit seeks thousands of dollars in damages, including $5,000 per plaintiff and class member for each time the defendant collected rent.

The lawsuit includes paperwork showing that the San Luis Obispo County Health Agency visited the site to investigate a cockroach infestation and requested the facility to take action.