JD Home Rentals faces lawsuit from renters

Friday, January 10, 2014

One of the Central Valley's biggest landlords is facing a lawsuit from renters accusing them of being slum lords. JD Home Rentals owns more than 3,000 rental homes, according to the lawsuit.

Lawyers and tenants say mold and substandard conditions are the norm. The rental company's attorney, Warren Paboojian says the company is a family business that employs dozens of people to do repairs on the affordable rental homes. But on the other side, attorneys say JD Home Rentals is taking advantage of poor people and minorities.

"While it may be affordable, it's not safe and it's not habitable and yes, they tend to prey on vulnerable communities," said Patsy Van Dyke with Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

An Action News investigation back in 2005 revealed the hundreds of complaints leveled against David Hovannisian, who is one of the owners of JD Home Rentals, along with his brother.

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