Can I file a lawsuit against my property management company? 3 Answers as of June 09, 2014

I have been withholding rent since April due to a long list of issues that were neglected since December to January. Issues such as 60,000 beehive in back yard making it dangerous and unusable, holy and uneven ground in front yard after it was dug up due to a sewage line clog of which my 5 year old daughter tripped and broke her clavicle last March, broken oven for 2 months, broken glass in garage door, fallen down fence. I am on day 3 of her 3 day pay or quit notice asking me to pay the rent that I have withheld. Nothing has been resolved except for the oven replaced. Beehive has been removed but the bees are still there. She refuses to negotiate a lower amount owed her. What can I do? I’m in San Diego.

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Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
Either you have to pay or you will end up in court fighting a habitability defense. If the rental is unsafe the judge can order your rent reduced and not paid until the rental is safe. You run the risk that the judge will say the rental is habitable and kick you out.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/9/2014
Patrick W. Currin, Attorney at Law | Patrick Currin
You cannot sue for personal injuries in the Unlawful Detainer action your landlord may bring. You would have to file a separate case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/9/2014
Law Office of Jeffrey T. Reed | Jeffrey T. Reed
You need some legal help. You might try the San Diego Legal Aid Society 1-877-LEGAL AID (1-877-534-2524)!?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/9/2014
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