I am a tenant in a residence in West LA, along with 7 other tenants. The property is owned by a CA Real Estate Broker who happens to live in Thailand. Because of the international disconnect, the owner relies on me to process the mail. deposit the rents and handle other paperwork as required.
The owner moved in a young man (24 yo) in SEP 2014 who quickly became a problem by smoking pot in the house, where one of the ladies who lives here is allergic to pot smoke and went into anaphylactic shock and had to be hospitalized. I pointed out the issue to the young man and asked him to please smoke outside the house. He refused to comply and once again the lady was taken ill.
On my advice,she petitioned the owner, who issued a 3 Day Cure or Quit notice which I, as the correspondent, taped to his door. He decided to shoot the messenger and heaped invective on me and continued to do so for the rest of his tenure. The problems continued and the owner gave him 30 day notice that his lease
would not be renewed and he had to vacate by OCT 6th 2015.
On his last night and early morning of OCT 4th and 5th here, he poured cement into the sewer system (he is a plumber), poured paint stripper all over my car, broke a window and urinated on my bedroom door. Total documented damages came to nearly $6,000.
None of the tenants actually witnessed any of these acts, but two will confirm he was here that night, another will confirm m door had been urinated upon, and all tenants who were in residence that night are willing to give affidavits denying any involvement in these acts of vandalism. Process of elimination is the only recourse I seem to have.
As a side note, his father was a guarantor on the lease but claims he has no responsibility as his son is no longer a minor.
Do I have a case that might prevail in small claims