OAKLAND — Alleging that elderly and disabled renters are living in squalor, surrounded by mold, cockroaches, rats and bedbugs, the Oakland city attorney has filed an emergency tenant protection lawsuit against the owners of an independent living center.
City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed the lawsuit Thursday against the Oakside Independent Living facility, located on International Boulevard in East Oakland. The lawsuit asks the court to prohibit the owners and operators of the facility from retaliating against the tenants, forcing them to relocate to another facility and illegally evicting them by locking them out.
The lawsuit also intends to protect the tenants from unsafe and unhealthy conditions at the facility, according to the city attorney’s office. There are about 18 tenants that live at the facility. […]