As my children grew older the hostility towards our family grew as well in our apartment complex. The management began to confront us about our children playing in the common area. At first, we obliged, being scared of having our rent raised or even worse evicted. During this period we felt like bad parents keeping our kids from enjoying outdoor play, especially since our common area was completely paved with concrete. Nobody in the complex ever complained except the building manager. Then one day after my daughter had been using her scooter the manager confronted my wife in the laundry room and said “Looks like you guys are looking for a new place to live.” Several days later we got an official notice stating an intent to evict us if we continued allowing our children to use toys that roll. Feeling our backs were against the wall, I started doing internet searches about discrimination. The first lawyer I contacted told me I was screwed because I signed the lease agreement that stated the kids were not allowed to play in common area. Then I found Craig Fagan’s website and began reading testimonials. I was relieved to see that other families had been through exactly what we were going through and Craig had helped them out. I soon emailed Craig and he reassured me that what they were doing was illegal. For the first time in a long while my wife and I stopped being worried. He told us to keep allowing our kids to play out front. We even let the owner know that we were going to file a lawsuit if they didn’t stop harassing us. Soon thereafter things escalated and we had to file. The owner began retaliating. He even called the police on me. The best part about Craig was when the retaliation events occurred he always got back to me very soon as I was very upset. In the end, we sued the complex and were able to force them to settle and to cancel the illegal rules.James, Los Angeles, CA
My children and I were being harassed by the resident manager at our apartment complex. Tenants were given three-day notices to vacate the property for allowing their kids to play outside in the common areas. I was told that children are not allowed to play on the property at any time. When I heard that one of the tenants; had been evicted for allowing her kids to play outside, I went to her and spoke with her about this matter. I knew that it was time to stand up for our rights. I searched the Internet typing in “Children’s Rights” and saw that it was illegal to evict tenants who let their kids play outside. Children have rights too. I felt sorry for the young lady and her children who had been evicted. I was very scared that my children were going to be evicted, too. We hired Mr. Fagan and he represented us in our matter. Mr. Fagan worked with me and the other tenants’ who were in this same crisis. In a very outstanding and professional business way, this case was resolved by Mr. Fagan. I would recommend Mr. Fagan. To any family that is going through what we have been through, Mr. Fagan will stand behind you 100%. We feel that we got justice in this case.Cassandra, Hawthorne, CA
I never imagined being in a situation where I needed to take such extreme measures in order to fight for my child’s right to play outside our apartment complex. My neighbor and I also went through a similar experience as most of the people on the testimonials. One day as we were supervising our kids the on-site manager approached my neighbor and me and told us that the kids could not be playing outside. She stated that our lease agreement indicated that kids were not allowed to play outside. The lease agreement DID NOT mention anything about kids not being able to play outside. We continued to allow our kids to play outside.
A few days later the on-site manager’s husband went to my neighbor’s and my apartment. He said we CANNOT continue to allow our kids to play outside. I asked him where he wanted the kids to play and his response was, “you are lucky we live right across the street from a park, so take him there”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! I decided to escalate it and give the management company a call because I knew they could not prohibit our children from playing outside. Boy was I wrong! The management company and the property owner supported the on-site manager. There were so many feelings that we were going through angry, alone, scared, the not knowing. We felt as we did and used everything in our power to try and to reach out to someone because we were crying out for help! How can managers get away with such a thing and allow them to feel like they have all the POWER in the world?
One day my neighbor received a 60 day notice to leave the apartment and we received a verbal threat that we were next. I did my research because I could not allow the managers to continue to intimidate us nor our children.
I reached out to a few attorneys and all they’d say was we “really” didn’t have a case or that they can send the manager a letter. I felt as if the doors were shutting and that the manager may be right after all. When I came across Craig Fagan’s web page I had tears in my eyes. My neighbor and I decided to give Craig a call. He is SUPER understanding, kind, family oriented and most important makes you feel like everything is going to be fine. If you are on Craig’s web page it is obviously because you have been discriminated and do not know what to do. All I can say is, fight for your right and stop allowing discrimination to continue. The thought of the entire process sounds scary, but TRUST me it’s the right thing to do. You are not alone; Craig is with you through the ENTIRE process. I normally do not write testimonials but I had to for this because it has honestly been the best decision we could have made and I want EVERYONE to know that there is hope!
Best of luck to you!Anna, Orange, CA
I have never sued anyone in my life and I never thought I would be put in a position that it was the last option for my family.
I moved into my apartment in 2012 and I loved it. Everything was great until new owners bought our apartment complex in November 2013. The new manager started making rules that the kids were no longer aloud to ride their bikes, or to play soccer, no roller blading, or running, pretty much anything fun kids do they tried to prohibit. He also made comments to multiple families that if our kids wanted to play we should take them to play at a park. He made blatant comments about it not being a “family complex” even though over half of the complex had children.
I knew enough about the law that there was no way this was legal. I started researching the internet and I found Craig Fagan’s website. Our first conversation, he sent me a letter to send to my manager, telling them to knock-it-off or get sued. I thought it was enough to get them to leave us alone but they didn’t. So I called Craig again to let him know they still were discriminating against us. So we decided to move forward and sue them.
Part of the problem was that some of the other families being discriminated against in this situation were undocumented immigrants and they were terrified of standing up for themselves. Craig told us it was no problem and they were also added to this case.
This process was the best thing that ever happened to us. As soon as the apartment management company was served with the lawsuit they left us alone.
Everything went reasonably quick and we were very happy with our outcome. Aside from a financial settlement we also were able to force the management company to change the rules so the kids are now able to play freely!
I encourage anyone who may be undocumented and dealing with this kind of discrimination not to live in fear. You have rights to stand up for your family.
So happy I called and I highly recommend anyone in this situation to call Craig in the future.Mandy, San Diego, CA
I contacted Mr. Fagan because I needed to find some kind of help for a very deplorable situation at our apartment complex. The apartment rules prohibited children from playing outside in the common areas at the complex. Various reasons were given for the rules, including the fear of liability by the management, concern that kids could be hurt, or that they could trip over sprinklers. We liked living at the complex and had been living there peacefully for about four years before these new rules were enforced. All of a sudden, we were told our children could no longer be outside except to leave or enter the apartment. No longer could my 6-year-old daughter sit outside our apartment and read her books on the grass. My kids would sit at the screen door and look outside and cry. It was really getting bad. Simply put, our children had become prisoner’s in our own home.
I had to find some relief for them. So I decided to try and find out if this was legal. I surfed the Internet for discrimination. Up popped Mr. Fagan’s website. I sent an email to Mr. Fagan and wasn’t sure what to expect in return. I checked my email about an hour later and was surprised that I already had a response. Thereafter, I met with Mr. Fagan and hired him to take my case. I knew God had sent Mr. Fagan to me. I knew I was in good hands. The case was handled well and we eventually successfully settled the lawsuit with a very fair settlement. My favorite thing about my attorney was how quickly I would receive a response to my messages. I quickly became friends with my attorney and still to this day email and call to say hello and to chat about our families. I would Mr. Fagan’s law firm to service any of your needs.Michelle, Los Angeles, CA
Can you imagine getting a written warning from your landlord, threatening you with eviction for letting your child play outdoors? That is exactly what had happened to my family, after 5 months of living at our apartment. Could he really terminate my lease if my daughter was playing outside again? I felt mad, scared, and confused. My wife and I found the Law Offices of Craig P. Fagan online and that would be the decision that changed our lives. Mr. Fagan returned my call very quickly with kindness and concern for my family.
Mr. Fagan reviewed my lease and the warning notice, and advised me that this was totally illegal. He prepared a letter that was sent to my manager. Less than 48 hours after the letter was sent, the apartment manager called me into the office to apologize. Yes, that’s right: apologize. My manager said he was sorry. He didn’t know that was the law and he changed the rules IMMEDIATELY. He even gave us a letter stating that he was wrong and the rules have changed and my daughter can play outside. Mr. Fagan was kind, courteous, professional, fast, and effective. I cannot give him enough praise for what his firm did for my family. My daughter can now play outside without getting harassed by management and she has lots more friends and all the other parents are so grateful for Mr. Fagan as well, as they had similar stories. The smile on mine and all the other kids’ faces make this worth it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Craig. Your Happy Client.Jason, San Francisco, CA
My husband and I live in a condo with our 3 children. A 3-year-old, an almost 2-year-old, and a 2-week-old. The woman in the unit below us started complaining about the noise our kids where making. It wasn’t anything excessive, just every day living with small children. The woman even came to our front door and embarked on a verbal tirade and started cursing in front of my children. I closed the door in the middle of her upheaval. I reported it to the management office and THEY SIDED WITH HER!! The manager was threatening to evict us… I contacted Craig Fagan. That was the BEST decision!! With his help the situation was resolved the very next day. The other tenant was sent a letter not to contact us again and the manager has been told not to contact us either! Craig Fagan’s help was invaluable!!! I’ll definitely be referring him to friends and family!Jennifer, San Diego, CA
If you need an attorney who fights for the rights of your children, then Craig is who you need by your side. He ensures that you get that peace of mind, and that your family isn’t fighting alone. I couldn’t imagine where I would be without his support.Danielle, Santa Cruz, CA
Mr. Fagan is a blessing to our family. He’s honest, hardworking, has great integrity and is great with communicating with any updates or answers for your questions or concerns. Right away you can tell he really wants to HELP those who need help. Doing what is right for those who are wronged. During a time of stress and feeling defeated he turned that feeling around to us feeling empowered. We highly recommend Mr. Fagan. Thank you Mr. Fagan.The Neri’s from Danville CA
We were being harassed by our landlord regarding our noise level of children as they played in the common areas of apartment building. After having received official 3 day notice to quit, we contacted Craig Fagan, who provided advice on how to deal with the landlord. Mr. Fagan provided us with sound advice of tenant’s rights in CA. We defended our rights with a simple letter. Thank you Mr. Fagan.Dulcena, Pasadena, CA
For over a year, while my daughters and I lived at an apartment complex in Los Angeles, we faced child discrimination. Now living in a nearby town, sometimes we can’t help driving by our old apartment complex. In the car, I hear my children remind me by saying, ‘Mom, remember how the manager wouldn’t let us play outside?’ It still breaks my heart to hear them talk like that.
Although there was plenty of safe and open areas for the kids to play, they were told it was prohibited. The reasons for this were never explained to the residents at the time, all of the reprimanding was directed at the children.
It was very difficult for me, as a single mom, to come up with the expenses to be able to entertain the kids in doors every day, since management did not allow children to play outside. Moreover, the kids would stare at their bikes in the bike rack and ask ‘why can’t we play, mom? What did we do wrong? Are we in trouble?’ As the regulations grew more stern day-by-day, I had to find a way to make my children comfortable in their own home. Talking to the people in the office or the owners of the building didn’t work. My only option was to get together with a few neighbors to find someone who could help us. During this process, we were lucky to locate Mr. Fagan. His communication and support for this case was exactly what we needed. We couldn’t have had a more determined and respectable person on our side.
In the end, our settlement was attained. As a mother, I knew that our voices were heard. I truly believe our case made a difference for the future children & families at that complex.Cynthia, Los Angeles, CA
Are your kids being told to stop playing the way all kids play? Are your children being yelled at by your landlord for laughing, talking, or playing too loudly? Do you feel like that they are prisoners in your own home? Then listen to my story and know there is a solution to your problem. My name is Marie and I have three wonderful boys. We were forced to move due to the economy to move into an apartment complex. We were excited because the cost was within our budget and the environment seemed to be a good fit for our children. There was lots of space to play and be children.
Shortly after moving in my kids went to work being kids; they got on their bikes and brought out their balls, bubbles and chalk and began to play. We quickly learned that management didn’t feel the same way we do about children. Daily our children were given rules and restrictions that seemed unfair to us. They could not play with balls, ride bikes, scooters, or skates They were not allowed to draw with sidewalk chalk. We talked with management about our concerns and were told to move somewhere else. We tried to stand our ground for our kids and were told we might get evicted. It even went as far as the management using profanity with our children, yelling and even threatening. If that wasn’t bad enough, management called the cops on our 8-year-old for riding a bike.
There was a playground in the complex but it was falling apart and was constantly closed as punishment for having let the kids play in the common areas of the apartments. One day, when I was at my wits end, I went on the internet and typed in discrimination against kids and a website came up for Craig Fagan. He had an article he had written and it addressed all my concerns and told me that what was happening to my kids was not only unfair but illegal. I contacted Mr. Fagan.
Mr. Fagan was wonderful from the start. When I called him and told him my story, he agreed to take my case. Through the entire process there was no fear on my part because Mr. Fagan walked me through everything I needed to do, which was not a lot. He handled all the court filings, witnesses, and explained things in a manner that I could understand. In the end, our case won just like he said it would and for an amount that we felt was fair. But the best part of the entire thing which was so much more important to me is the rules in our complex changed and kids are allowed to be kids and management or anyone that would have interaction with the tenants and their children had to attend training on fair housing. I have the comfort of knowing this is one less complex that will not try to take the rights of children away. So stop living in fear and reach out to Mr. Fagan for the protection your children deserve.Marie, San Diego, CA
It never even crossed my mind that the day would come when someone would have the audacity to prohibit my children from being children. My apartments’ management did just that. It went from my children being sent home because they weren’t allowed to play without adult supervision, or because their laughter was “bothering” neighbors who needed “peace and quiet” throughout the day. Not to mention that riding bikes and scooters were also prohibited by our apartments’ ‘House Rules’ that we signed when we moved in, one of these rules being that kids couldn’t be out at all after a certain hour. The stress and humiliation that derived from this treatment reached another level when we received a letter in the mail from our apartments’ management stating that our apartments were a “quiet and peaceful” complex. We were told that our children needed to find a more “appropriate” place to play. At the end of this letter, to makes matters even worse, it threatened us with eviction if we did not comply with the “rules.” At that moment, my wife and I felt cornered and in danger of being kicked out of our home for not having our children locked up in our apartment unit during the day. I decided to do some research on the internet about children’s rights, and I was directed to Craig P. Fagan’s website, where it clearly explained and answered so many of the questions I had. I realized that the treatment that my children, my wife, and I were getting was not only wrong, but it was illegal. Mr. Fagan took my call right away and after I vented my frustration and pain to him, he assured me that this situation would change and that we had a case. I can safely say that Mr. Fagan felt my pain, and, because of that, he fought for my children’s’ rights, and won our case. My children thanked me, and now play freely with the rest of the children in the complex. We even started to see children that we didn’t even know lived here. After seeing this, I realized that we weren’t the only ones that lived in a state of fear and uncertainty. I realized that we had fought everyone in the complex, and that this win was for every single child that lived here.Robert, Orange County, CA
This was by far the BEST experience I have ever had with an attorney. He was honest and handled my matter very timely. I will definitely recommend Craig Fagan in the future to my friends and family.Darcy, Sacramento, CA
As a former Army Officer and graduate of West Point, I normally command a certain amount of respect. So, when the owners of an apartment complex denied my application because I didn’t fit the mold of their ideal tenant, I was offended and deeply hurt. Normally, I am able to stay level-headed under very demanding and stressful situations, but no matter how hard I tried, I was unable to put this situation behind me. Not only did this unfortunate situation cause me tremendous emotional distress, but it also caused a great deal of financial headaches, as well.
I didn’t know where to turn. After calling Craig Fagan, my mind was set at ease. He immediately counseled me on my situation and let me know that I was not alone. It didn’t matter that I didn’t have any money to pay Craig for his services, because he only takes payment after he gets your settlement. Unlike other attorneys, Craig only takes cases where he strongly believes that his client has a valid claim. This allows him to give you the attention that you deserve. To me, Craig didn’t seem like a lawyer. He acted as a friend. Even after I received my settlement, I continue to keep in contact with Craig. If you, or someone you know, feels that they have been treated unfairly or discriminated against, I wouldn’t think twice. I strongly suggest that you pick up the phone and call Craig Fagan immediately.Larry, Los Angeles, CA
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