Mold in Apartments Leave Tenants Sick & Ignored

It’s happens more often than people think or even realize – Landlords or property managers receive complaints from tenants about mold or water damage at rental properties and poorly decide to either:

  1. Ignore the complaints.
  2. Cover up the mold problem by painting over it or simply wiping it down with bleach.

Neither reaction brings any resolution to problem and tenants at Westlake Apartments experienced that first hand when they reported their concerns to the management at their apartment complex.

Most problems were ignored. Some complaints were resolved with maintenance persons painting over the mold.

Months went by and during that time everyone living in contaminanted units were exposed to elevated levels of mold spores and mycotoxins produced by toxigenic mold types.

Several ignored renters and their tenants got sick from mold exposure. One man ended up in the emergency room with a fever of a 102 and an unexplained viral infection. Children were complaining of chest tightness and difficulty breathing.

When contacted by media the management of the Westlake Apartments stated they would look into the concerns of tenants. However, tenants reported that no actions have been made by management to perform a mold inspection or mold remediation on the impacted units.

The Black mold growth found in the contaminated units is suspected to be of a toxigenic species, such as Stachybotrys. This mold type has been connected with various illnesses, minor and short-lived to sever and chronic.

Reaction to mold depends on the type of mold present, the concentration of mold in the indoor environment, and the person exposed to the mold. If elevated mold of any kind or a danger type of mold is present in the air, even the healthiest of people can become sick.

If you are tenant, it is important to understand your rights and not let the lack of action or improper action by your landlord threaten your health or the health of your family.

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This article was written by Spencer Cliff

Spencer Cliff is a research scientist in the Department of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine.


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