Thank you for taking the time to respond to our issue. I contacted the CA Consumer Affairs office and downloaded their SWIFT form to report the construction. We believe he is trying to force us out to get more rent since his personal life has changed. He has not fixed the electrical wiring (old '50's main box with 4 breakers, of which 2 are constantly resetting - his new construction is connected to the same box, as well as is the gas & water meter) or sewer drainage problem. He agreed to pay 25% of utilities and he has not, instead he complains we have not fixed up the yard! My wife and I are not in total agreement here as to what to do, she just wants peace without the hassle. However, he is clearly taking advantage of good people and we personally feel threatened by his actions and words. We are looking for another place. We can't afford a tenet lawyer.
One last comment, though not specifically to you Mr Juarez: we feel caught in the middle, between a crazy landlord and an unresponsive/incapable legal system. There does not appear to be a direct gov't source we can contact with any sufficient means to help us in a timely manner and a private course of action is just to expensive. CA has a fairly comprehensive "Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities" which I downloaded and have read over many times. For all it's content, it does little to actually help a tenant when there is an issue, esp after talking and writing to the landlord resolves nothing but the construction of more locked gates.