Review the attached link and contact a housing law attorney in your community. You should also use the county assessor's office to identify the current state of ownership of the property. You may also need to check to see if the property was part of a probate action.
This is not a substitute for a consultation with a housing law attorney in your community.
Your lease agreement may provide you with some insight about getting reimbursement for repair work. There is also a "repair and deduct" remedy, where a tenant can possibly withhold rent to spend the money to repair parts of the unit. However, there are several legal requirements to this. Here is a good resource as indicated above: http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/repairs.shtml
No attorney-client relationship is created as a result of this answer. This is not to be used as legal advice.