Housing Rights

Housing Rights Attorneys

At Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP, we fight for justice on behalf of tenants. We know firsthand that housing discrimination based on race, religion, marital status, and other protected characteristics, and other violations of tenants’ basic rights, are rampant. We handle a wide range of housing rights issues, including discrimination, bringing legal actions to address wrongdoings perpetrated by landlords.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing units based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status. The act also requires housing providers to make reasonable modifications to the premises for disabled tenants. In addition, the Fair Housing Act prohibits property owners from retaliating against anyone who files a complaint or participates in an investigation conducted by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

Our practice covers a wide range of tenant disputes in both commercial and residential lease agreements. Our attorneys have been at the forefront of litigating housing rights cases on behalf of low-income individuals and families since 1991. We also work to enable tenants to actively expose their landlords’ failures to maintain safe, sanitary, habitable conditions in apartment complexes and other housing developments.

Our firm’s founding partner, Barbara Enloe Hadsell, handed the seminal slumlord litigation case Hernandez v. Stabach, in which she represented nearly 30 families living in a Los Angeles apartment complex plagued by serious disrepair and unsanitary conditions, including vermin infestation.

Other notable housing rights cases we have handled include:

  • Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development v. City of Garden Grove(Orange County Superior Court, Case No. 30-2019-01102770, 2019).
    Represented non-profit community organization and successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing the illegal sale of an approximately 100-acre greenfield in park poor area of Santa Ana. This lawsuit forced the City of Garden Grove, which owns the land, to comply with the Surplus Land Act, which requires cities to prioritize land they no longer need for use as affordable housing and park space.
  • Kirshman v. Airbnb, Inc. et al (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No.: BC-604504 2018).
    In the first case of its kind, Plaintiffs alleged that landlords and Airbnb were liable for evicting long term tenants from their apartments and then renting the apartments as short term rentals. Landlords settled for $775,000. (link to KCRW show).
  • Flores v. Stern (2009).
    In a ground-breaking Los Angeles case against a slumlord, Hadsell & Stormer represented 15 families in a fiercely litigated habitability suit against the current and former landlords of an apartment building at 721 Westlake Avenue in the MacArthur Park district of the Los Angeles. Our attorneys recovered a record setting settlement of more than $4.5 million against the defendants who allowed the property to fall into egregious disrepair.
  • Confidential Slumlord Case (2003).
    In this high-profile matter, Hadsell & Stormer represented 11 Latino families whose Echo Park apartment building collapsed in the middle of the night resulting in significant injuries and a loss of housing. The matter settled for more than $4.75 million, one of the largest settlements of its kind.

Contact Us About Your Tenant Rights

Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP will help you hold your landlord accountable for violations of the law. We believe that every tenant deserves a safe and healthy home and one that is free from landlord harassment and discrimination.

For a free case consultation, please call us today at (626) 775-7870 or complete our convenient online form.

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