Tenant blames landlord for bugs and mold

FRESNO, Calif.

"Me and my children cannot live comfortably here at all it's a lot of bugs in here, plenty of bugs, too many." Young said.

She believes the mold is making her children sick and says bugs are biting the kids.

Young adds, "It's a really bad health issue."

Robisha and her roommate Tanika, work daily to kill the roaches, clean up their droppings and scrub the mold, but Robisha says the problem doesn't stop. "I've bombed the house, cleaned the house washed the walls, tried to notify the manager to come fix the situation because it is her problem. No answer back."

Robisha claims she's gone to the manager at least ten times in the past year. The manager told us she just heard about the problems, and will work to fix them. Robisha took her complaints to city code enforcement and just contacted Central California Legal Services. They haven't evaluated her situation yet, but attorney Jonathan Ota says these are among the most typical of tenant complaints.

"Mold, infestation of rats, other vermin, insects, things like windows being broken and not being fixed, cracks in door frames, holes in ceilings." Ota said.

He added, getting problems taken care of, might be as simple as making a phone call to the landlord, or as complicated as filing lawsuit. "A lot of these problems are easily fixable but you get a lot of landlords who will wait until the day of trial to make repairs."

Ota says tenants need to do more than just verbally complain to landlords, they need to put it in writing, and be patient. Robisha, says she needs something done right away. "It really is the health issue you know I'm putting my kids in danger, you know."

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