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San Diego City Attorney Orders Residential Hotel to Vacate Over Mold and Other Living Conditions

By: WebWire

Last month, San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announced that a downtown residential hotel was being vacated due to deplorable living conditions, fire hazards and dangerous code violations. The City Attorney's Office, working with the San Diego Housing Commission, also reported that the remaining 69 occupants were being relocated to habitable and affordable accommodations. They would also be receiving thousands of dollars in relocation costs which the City is advancing as the property owner appeals an order to pay the costs that total almost $340,000.

In the City Attorney's Office reported that the Code Enforcement Division had conducted two inspections of the property in March and April 2022. The agency documented numerous substandard building violations, including mold and rodent infestations.

“Exposure to elevated concentrations of mold or rodent allergens can be a respiratory concern for hotel residents and guests, workers or any building occupants,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing's Huntington Beach facility. “Allergic reactions, which could be immediate or delayed, are quite common. For many who suffer from asthma, exposure to mold or rodent allergens can trigger an attack. Even for those that do not have asthma or allergies to mold, exposure can act as an irritant that can cause issues with the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs.”

Assisting building managers, property owners and tenants assess indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues are the scientists at LA Testing. With multiple laboratories in California, LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, air monitoring instruments, building inspection tools and easy-to-use test kits to detect a wide range of microbial and chemical contaminants. LA Testing has even sponsored an educational video about hotels, motels and common indoor environmental quality issues that can be seen at:

To learn more about indoor environmental quality testing services and supplies, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ test kits, visit

About LA Testing
LA Testing is California's leading laboratory for environmental and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, bacteria, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC Elite, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.

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