"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 "
"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
"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
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 met Mr. Fagan in April 2002. 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
I live in Alaska and I have been looking for an apartment to rent with my four children. Recently, I called and asked to see a three-bedroom apartment that was for-rent. The landlord asked me who would be living there and I told him my four children and myself. He stated that a single lady lived downstairs and he would not rent (or even show) the apartment because four kids would make too much noise. He also stated that I should be looking for a downstairs unit.
The next day, after a quick search about discrimination, I found Craig Fagan’s website with the very helpful Q&A section about discrimination. I learned that it was illegal to refuse to rent an apartment to someone with children. I called Mr. Fagan’s office and left a message with information about what had happened. Within five minutes, Mr. Fagan returned my call, listened to me, and offered to write a letter to the landlord stating that what he had done was illegal. Mr. Fagan wrote the letter so I could rent the apartment. Mr. Fagan was respectful, extremely helpful, and quite nice. Thank you Mr. Fagan!
Tiffany, Anchorage, Alaska
I live in an apartment complex in Las Vegas. Our landlord cannot stand kids doing kid things (skateboarding, bicycling, or riding their scooters). I fought with this problem for some time and knew that what he was doing was wrong, and I just didn't know my rights and how to handle the situation. It was getting worse over time. We were warned that if kids were caught playing outside, then the tenants were going to be fined and/or lose privileges. This is when I sought help from Mr. Fagan. Mr. Fagan was extremely helpful in my time of need. A letter was sent out to the landlord from Mr. Fagan and these so-called rules of his were squashed. I can't appreciate Mr. Fagan’s help enough for solving this problem. Without Mr. Fagan’s help, I would probably be living miserably.
Carol in Las Vegas
Mr. Fagan was able to greatly assist me in giving me some advice on some little known facts. I
had moved with my wife and 3-year-old son from Hawaii. We moved into a gated apartment complex in Massachusetts. Two months after we moved in, another couple had moved in below us. The husband approached my wife early one morning and advised her that my son was walking too late and they wanted to see if there was something we could do about putting him to bed earlier or keeping him quiet. My wife was disturbed as she did not know
what to say about this request, after all my son is a 3-year-old.
We later received a notice from the management at the complex, advising us about the complaint and advising us that we needed to try to reduce the "noise." We approached the neighbor and promised to try to be more quiet. A month later, we received a second notice from the management at the complex, advising us that we needed to come in for a meeting if we could not resolve the problem with our son making noise.
I decided to do some research to determine if this request was legal. I was able to locate Mr. Fagan’s website. I contacted Mr. Fagan and he gave me very helpful information on what is considered reasonable noise in a complex in regards to kids playing and whether our neighbor could interfere. After consulting with Mr. Fagan, I advised the complex that I did not want to wait for them to call a meeting but I that wanted to call one. Thereafter, I met with them and the tenant below and provided the supporting facts and information that Mr. Fagan had provided to me. The information showed that it was illegal to require kids to be quiet inside their apartments. The tenant was upset and walked out of the meeting. However, the management of the complex
apologized and stated the matter was closed and would not be brought up again. The neighbor has since apologized and there have been no more issues.
While we recognize our rights now, we did try to make arrangements for our son to run a little less and play a little quieter and go to bed a little earlier. However, it was nice to know that we were right and have the right to let our child be a child.
Kevin, Springfield, MA