Class Action Victory for Cal Poly Student Tenants vs. Landlord
An owner of student housing a few blocks from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo modified the apartment units during the summer to fit more students without obtaining the proper permits and violated the Building Code. These code violations created fire hazards and water leaks. Joe Ferrentino filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 500 student tenants. He took the case to the local press and after hearing of the lawsuit, the City of San Luis Obispo ordered the apartment owner to immediately repair the units and obtain the proper permits. Shortly thereafter, the apartment owner agreed to settle with the student tenants to reimburse them a portion of their rent.