A judge hearing a lawsuit brought by tenants of an Oakland Chinatown apartment building that has been described as roach-infested paid a visit Wednesday to see the conditions for himself, reports ABC7.
The tenants allege the new landlord has allowed the building to deteriorate to force them out so it can be rented to more affluent tenants for much higher rents.
There are just 2.5 bathrooms for 34 residents and one kitchen after others were demolished by the owners.
The landlord has denied he is trying to force out the tenants and blames city inspectors for slowing renovations.
A recent survey by Zillow found Oakland had the highest rent growth out of 50 largest U.S. cities in June.
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