Photos of Mold in Apartment

 

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Photos documenting extensive mold growth in the HVAC system, walls, appliances, etc., and the lack of maintenance and inferior repair work resulting in constant water intrusion and continued mold growth and damage.

There is a tremendous amount of mold infestation that has been growing through out these buildings and in the HVAC systems for years. The buildings were partially built then left unfinished in the elements for a couple of years before completion about 15 years ago.

These photographs were taken 2 – 4 months after we moved in. In 3 months, the air vents were covered with growth. The air vents had been painted over. The air ducts and dryer vents are cleaned often at the complex.

It was summer and with the temperature in the upper 90’s with high humidity, the air conditioner had to stay on. These conditions were perfect for the molds to sporulate. We had never been in or experienced a building and HVAC system infested with molds and since it had been purposely concealed, until it started growing more we did not know what that was like or what was happening.

There was a dry type of mold coming from the vents along with a wet sticky black type that accumulated on everything in the apartment and even in the closets where there were no vents. We were inhaling all this and since it was covering everything, it was also entering us through food and just by touching things (especially the baby). Right before we left (4 months later), a neighbor walked in the apartment for a few minutes then came back over 10 minutes later to tell me her eyes were burning.

This mold continued to consume items made of natural substances for months after we left and everything had to be put in climate controlled storage. We could not go through these things without it causing our eyes to burn and feeling sick. 

This was not something that would not be noticed. Riverstone Residential management tells people this mold on their vents is dust and have the ducts cleaned out.

We were insisting that the apartment be tested as was our legal right to do. The maintenance man became so furious he came and pounded on our door and said “You don’t know who owns this place do you”. This was a few minutes before the mold testing company they use (they have been there before) was coming in to test. Not that they called and told us they were coming. The manager changed the testing procedure from a tape lift, air sample and visual inspection that is more accurate and would show the high level of molds (not to mention a visual inspection), to an air sample with results in 24 hours. I’m sure this fools some people but I had been informed by another company I called that mold will need at the very least 48 hours to present. They use this 24 hour test to say mold levels are consistent with levels outside. This is not accurate. Our more extensive testing shows several known toxin producing molds and above outside levels. It didn’t take a test to tell us that, the mold was so thick and damp in the air you could smell different odors from the different types.

Even with two mold inspection reports, mine in 2005 and a 2007 report (done during a sale of these apartments) along with the number of duct cleanings done there, and covering up mold with paint, Riverstone Residential denies knowing of any mold in these buildings. There is enough evidence to show that they do.

Riverstone along with the owners and now the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency know and have known about the mold in these apartments. This is not new, it has been steadily growing for years. They allowed us and others to move into these apartments therefore criminally exposing us to high levels of known toxins. They have arranged in various ways for all this to not get into court so far and my attorney has helped with that. I guess they believe this will go away. It was bad enough they did this to us and still are to others but the worst thing is they allowed a one year old baby to continuously breath in toxins and crawl and play on carpet that was being saturated with wet sticky mold. And it continues, there are people living there now and others will be allowed to move in. The toxins in these apartments can and will affect even healthy people and there are an infinite number of other minor to serious conditions that would make the health affects of this exposure worse (we know). There is no question the high levels of these toxins are definitely more dangerous to babies and children.

 

Air Vent

Mold growth on air vent after only 3 months!

 

Mold on INSIDE of Window

This mold started growing on the INSIDE 
of the window after just 3 months as more
and more mold was growing and coming 
out of the air vents

 

Siding
Damaged siding showing visible mold growth behind
Damaged siding showing visible mold growth behind

 

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REPAIR WORK (YES! – this is the finished job) to fix the 
leak from the upstairs bath that was “RAINING” into the living
room below. This was one of several previous leaks reported by
past tenants.

It took maintenance 2 weeks and 3 calls to respond to
this leak.  According to the manager and the head of
maintenance in their depositions -

“REPORTS OF A LEAK ARE TO BE TREATED LIKE A FIRE”!!!

 

I pulled the refrigerator out from the wall because I noticed something on the baseboard between the cabinet and refrigerator I had not seen before. The wall was falling apart behind the refrigerator. This is actually how it is when the apartment is leased!!! The mold is creeping along the baseboard but has also grown on the hose leading to the back of the refrigerator and is destroying it too.

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Gaps in Siding
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These are the gloves I used to pick up and pack things to move out of the toxic apartment at Jefferson Lakes. I was not picking up things that should have had a sticky black residue on them and I was not trying to rub any off – in fact I did not even want to touch anything with the gloves ON. But since I was inhaling it in large quantities anyway it does not really matter.

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This is the mold that had covered everything we had in the apartment after just 4 months. This is not dust. This is on everything after wiping off any dust. It grows on metals and even gets in jewelry and it starts consuming items made of wood, paper etc. People too. This is the sticky mold that was on the coat hangers in the closets even though air vents are not in the closets. This is the black residue that would wash out of our hair in the shower (yes – you could see the black residue in the water).

This is the black mold the baby was breathing, touching, and eating and drinking since it was on his baby bottles and the toys he put in his mouth.

This is the mold that is still in us.

This is an extreme amount of mold and Riverstone Residential knew about this in 2005 and again in 2007 mold reports along with the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.

They continue to lease these apartments.

Our litigation against them for poisoning us (how could they do that to a baby and still be allowed to poison more) is very obviously being manipulated by these unethical, greedy people and others – the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency which knows about the toxins in the apartments along with Riverstone Residential and the State of Louisiana and the judicial system there that allows and ignores this. They must either have some business and investments connecting them or they are just spineless, souless cowards and puppets. Probably business and investment partners.

What allowing this to continue says is that no matter how much evidence or harm – victims of these people (who think they are MORE important and who can pay for that importance) – have no rights. Allowing this to continue says that the money made leasing these toxic apartments is more important than we are and the others who lived there before, live there now, and will live there.

That is what this all comes down to if it continues to be ignored.

Understanding this has almost become more horrible, devastating, and stressful than being exposed to all the toxins we have in us.

 

Current Photos – Toxic Mold Infested Jefferson Lakes Apartments – Mold Growth on Inside of Windows – Known & Approved for Leasing – Riverstone Residential – Louisiana Housing Finance Agency

An anonymous tenant sent these photos of mold growth on the inside of the windows of these extremely infested apartments.  Mold has been growing in the HAVC system, walls, etc. for years.  One photo is of mold growth in the apartment leasesd to us four years ago (#2907).  There is a picture I took of the mold growth on the patio window when we where there on this page – photos of mold in apt.  The current photo is of the window in an upstairs bathroom. That bedroom was the room where we first noticed a moldy smell.  This is new mold growth since we were there.  I had noticed a black mold growth and also a white to yellow color on the inside of apartment windows when out walking the dog.  Until this place, I have never seen mold growing on the inside window panes and it still remains the only place I have seen this.  

Since mold inspection reports and obvious mold infestation are ignored, Riverstone Residential and the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency welcomes anyone who would like to inquire about leasing one of these apartments – however you will not be informed of the dangerous and serious health consequences that can occur once exposed to the 24/7 inhalation of toxins via the mold infested HVAC system. 

Before publishing these photos, I had to verify that the mold was actually growing on the inside and not on the window screen or the outside of the windows as it may appear.  Windows were viewed – some as close as a few inches and if no srceen – touched – IT IS INSIDE.

Mold inspection reports show mold in many units (including HVAC). Windows like these are common at the complex.

The window screens and the outside of the windows in the first two photos have nothing on them – all the mold growth is on the inside. The third window had no screen. The last photo is the window of unit 2907.  A white-yellowish mold is growing around the edge.

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47 Responses to Photos of Mold in Apartment

  1. katy says:

    We are so sorry to hear you are facing this problem. Unfortunately, what you describe as to how the landlord is handling the situation is not atypical. The No 1 thing you must be concerned of is your health. This is also true for your neighbor.

    We are not physicians nor do we hold any creditials as professional Indoor Air Quality advisors. But we do know that Mold and the other biological contaminants that are found in water damaged buildings are most potentially hazardous to human health when they are disturbed and airborne.

    Were it us, we would not let anyone remediate the mold in our apartment without first determining if a containment area should be set up so the spores are not spread all over and easy for us to inhale. This is particularly true if we had already been sick, because we know that those already sick are more susceptible to greater, long term illness when they inhale spores during a remediation process.

    We would also document everything in writing and with pictures. We would always get the name and contact information of anyone involved, including those from the health department. We would follow up ALL conversations in writing so there is no question of what was said.

    It would be our suggestion to you that you join to discussion boards on Yahoo, Sickbuildings and IEQuality. Sickbuildings is made up primarily of those who have lived thru what you are currently. IEQuality is made up of professionals such as industrial hygienists, engineers, policy writers of how to address mold in buildings. They are always willing to help whenever possible.

    Best of success to you,
    Katy

  2. margaret says:

    A few days ago the lady who lives below me came up to tell me about the mold in her apartment and to show me pictures of it. She had contacted the manager of the complex who came into her apartment and looked at it but would not admit it was mold About 5 maintanence men came in, cleaned it with clorax water, cut part of the wall out with the insulation which was covered in mold. They told her it was not mold. Any fool can look at it and see that is it. Well I looked all over my apartment and found no mold until I took the cover off of my hvac ducts. There is a forrest growing in the hvac duct in my bathroom. I have also found mold in two other ducts in my apartment which has been spray painted over like someone was trying to hide it. I have been sick for about a month which is very unusual for me. Went to doc, sure enough mold allergies! The lady below me has been sick. There is another lady who has mold in her apartment. She has been sick. I check an apartment at the other end of the build, mold in her hvac duct in the bathroom. A couple a few doors away from me – mold behind their refrigerator.. Well several of us called and called the healt department and the housing code authorities. The health department is coming out here the beginning of the week to look at our apartments. I am so angry! My lease also has a mold clause in it which tells me that these people knew there was a mold problem and rented unsafe apartments any way. Well in my state according to the landlord tenant act, it is even against the law to put a clause like that in the lease because it violates the act which states that a lease may not legally state that a tenant agrees to waive any of his rights under the act, which states that the landlord must adhere to all building and housing codes that affect health and safety. Such codes include any laws pertaining to the habitability, construction, maintanence, occupancy, use or appearance of the building and that the landlord make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and maintain the premises in a fit and habitable manner. The landlord’s clause states that the tenant will be responsible for the cleanup of mold and not hold the landlord responsible which is also illegal to have in a lease. It is illegal to have in a lease in this state that a tenant agrees not to hold the landlord liable for any violation of the Landlord/Tenant Act and our landlord is violating the act by tring to make us responsible to make the unit a fit and habitable unit and trying to make us responsible for adhering for keeping it a healthy place to live by giving rid of the mold. I am fighting mad..

  3. katy says:

    Good Advice, Serena. Because moldy buildings can and sometimes do cause illness, it can be a scary situation for both the tenant and the landlord. Its always a good idea to document everything. Take pictures. Follow up verbal communication with an “as per our conversation” letter. That way both the tenant and the landlord are protected that there is no question of what happened when and who told who what when.

  4. serena says:

    Have any of you mailed a certified letter to the landlord and explain the situation in writing? I know most make contact by calling or stopping by the office just to let you know.. that would not hold in court but i certified letter stating that you have an issue in the apartment or saying that you had an issue called them and that they have come out to your apartment but they haven’t fixed the issue will get their attention.. if you haven’t please do so .. you can also report them call your Health Department in the city.. or the city inspectors office or just go there and find out what they can do for you.. but again certified letter would be my first choice.

  5. Colleen says:

    Can you please tell me what happened with your lawsuit? I have been living in military housing on Fort Polk LA and have found mold in several areas, including the HVAC system. I as well have been very sick and have children living in these toxins. I hired my own mold specialist who tested and said that it was indeed black mold. Does the state of LA take mold cases serious? Thanks so much!

  6. katy says:

    April,

    Its hard to say what the problem is. It would be our suggestion that you join two Internet groups, Sickbuildings@yahoo.com and IEQuality@yahoo.com. Sickbuildings is primarily made up of people who have experienced problems with poor indoor air quality. IEQuality is made up of primarily professionals who work within the issue of indoor air quality.

    Best of success to you!

  7. april says:

    I have been living in subsidized housing with my six year old son for the last 4 years… A year ago I noticed that my ceiling in my living room was turning black. I informed maintenance and they told me it was from me burning candles… I believed them now it’s a year later and I have black residue everywhere and on everything…It’s very sticky and will not come off of anything… I have given up on trying to keep the walls clean. I have no idea if it is black mold or not… All I know is that I have a light with four bulbs and it is very dark above the bulbs… I don’t know what to do. I have a housing maintenance guy coming to check it out tomorrow… If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it.

  8. Shelby says:

    I am just beginning my fight with this. I have lived on this apartment in Fern Park, FL for about 18 months, of which I have been reporting to the office on a regular basis that it has been raining inside my bathroom walls, for 16 of those 18 months. The management and maintenance staff have tried to tell me there is no leak, or it was over zealous children upstairs getting carried away in the bathtub.

    For 16 months I lived with towels around my toilet and bathtub in the guest bathroom and continued to try to get the management to resolve the issue. One day my ceiling started dripping water and they still contended there was no leak, only rowdy kids taking baths upstairs. They took down that spot in the ceiling, claiming no moisture in the walls (???? really????) and put up a patch.

    I have been sick per and over with respiratory illness, asthma attacks, skin rashes, dizziness, serve headaches and blurred vision. I have tried to stress over and over my concern that mold is growing in the walls, as I am tested as allergic to all mold types. My cries fell on deaf ears.

    Then this month, December 2011, I finally saw the first signs of black mold on the newly patched ceiling area. I informed the management about it and they came over and checked it out claiming it was not mold, only water damage. Of course they knew this without having it tested. Having had enough of having my health played with in this manner, I called in a licensed mold inspector, on my dime, while they were busy re-patching everything again and had it tested.

    They found high levels of Penicillum/aspergillus and stachybotrys in my apartment with the starchy being airborne now, because the workmen (not licensed remediators) tore out some of the ceiling and walls without properly isolating and containing the mold (because of course they contend there was none) and then dragged it through my house when removing it.

    I don’t know when or of I will recover from this long-term exposure. Last sinus x-rays showed infection again. This place doesn’t want to admit they have a problem and would rather try to blame my health issues on a 1/4 pack a day smoking habit, which didn’t bother me at all when I spent 8 days away from home, recently.

    Not sure what to do though. No government agency in the State of Florida seems to want to speak to this health issue facing tenants here in sunny Florida. I am frustrated and tired and feeling helpless. I don’t ask for much, just a safe and healthy place to live. I always pay my rent on time, I bother no one (except the office staff and maintenance, obviously) and I get no help in return. If anyone has any ideas who to contact in Florida regarding this, let me know

  9. Tassha says:

    Oxnard, ca

    Not only did i get stuck in a 14 month lease. Now theres mold. The landlords do nothing here. But we havent told them about the mold yet. I just found it and figured out its the season why the household is sick. Is there any free services to test for what type of mold and if its harmful?

  10. lori says:

    I HAVE BEEN SO ILL FOR 14 YEARS AND NOT ONE OF 45 DOCTORS COULD TELL ME WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME,DISPITE A WRONG DIAGNOSIS I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH UINEXPLAINED DISEASES SUCH AS FIBROMYALGIA,CHRIONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME,DEPRESSION,ARTHRITIS JOINT PAIN SYMPTOMS,MEMORY,CONCENTRATION,RECALL MEMORY PROBLEMS. POSSIBLE LYME DISEASE,POSSIBLE LUPUS ,MIGRAINS,FUNGUS ON TONGUE,SORE THROATS,LATER INTO DISEASE STOMACH SWELLING,BLOATING,CONSTIPATION,ALLERGIES TO MILK,DAIRY,BREADS,AND YEAST CONTANING FOODS.
    I BECAME SO CRIPPLED I COULDN’T CRAWL. THE SPINAL BURNING AND FLESH BURNING WAS INFLAMATION FOR 14 YEARS NOTHING STOPPED IT!
    I HAVE SINCE TRIED DIFLUCAN(FLUCANAZOL,WHICH LITERALLY TOOK ALL MY SYMPTOMS AWAY,YET BECAUSE FUNGAL SPHORES,IF NOT TREATED BORE INTO CELLS AND FLESH WHICH ALMOST MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RID OF,AS SOON AS I STOP TX,THE SYMPTOMS RE-APPEAR.
    DESPITE A DIET OF WATER0GOOD WATER-SMART WATER-RAW VEGEATABLES,MEAT THAT DOESN’T CONTAIN ANTIBIOTICS OR CHEMICALS
    ORGANIC MILK-NO ANTIBIOTICS OR MOLD FED GRAINS TO COWS.
    NO FRUIT-STEAMED VEGGIES,CHICKEN FISH,AND A HUGE SUPPLYT OF ANT-FUNGAL NATURAL TX’S
    COILODAL SILVER MAY BE PROMISING
    NEED LONG TERM ANTI-FUNGLA TX’S
    IT RUINED 15 YEARS OF MY LIFE
    NOW MY HOUSE IS BEING TORN APRT FOR MOLD FROM LEAKS IN WALLS
    STEAM CLEANING RUGS THAT ARENT DRIED PROPERLY
    AIR CONDITIONERS THAT AREN’T CLEANED PROPERLY
    SPILLS THAT AREN’T CLEANED UNDER RUGS,FLOOR BOARDS BUILD MOLD AND DRY AND GET AIR BORN AND YOU BREATH

    I HAVE HAD TO BE MY OWN ADVOCATE-I DEMANDED TO SEE A INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALISTS AGAIN AND IT IS VERY HARD TO DIAGNOSEBY BLOOOD,FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR THAT BELIEVS IN THIS AND WILL TREAT YOU LONG TERM IF NEEDED.

    DON’T SETTLE FOR DIAGNOSIS THAT HAVE NO EXPLANATION WHY YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS,SUCH AS CHRONIC FATIGUE,FIBROMYALGIA,ALL IN YOUR HEAD,DPERESSION,E TC………….WHEN YOU HEAR IT’S PSYCHOSOMATIC-GET A NEW DOCTOR!
    IF YOU ARE RENTING AND SUSPECT MOLD,GET A LAWYER,YOUR LANDLORD HAS TO PROFESSIONALLY GET IT FIXED,AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MENDICAL,FURNITURE AND CLEANING OF ALL YOUR BEDDING,CLOTHES ,RUGS ETC.
    HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVERS EVERYTHING!
    IF YOU HAVE AIR DUCTS FOR A.C IN OYUR HOUSE/APT-DEMAND THEY GET PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED
    A.C AT HOME WINDOW UNIT
    REMOVE SCREEN-WASH WEEKLY
    TAKE SPRAY BOTTLE WITH 3 CAPFULS BLEACH DILLUTED WITH WATER-USE MASK-SPRAY IN BOTTOM INTAKE AREA ONCE WEEK TO KILL MOLD,AND BACTERIA-LEAVE ROOM FOR DAY AND LEAVE UNIT ON-REMOVE AT END OF SEASON TAKE OUT SIDE WITH HOT WATER TO BACK UNIT-PRE-SPRAY WITH BLEACH WATER MIX AND HOSE OUT HOT WATER-FROM BACK OF UNIT.
    IF YOU MUST STEAM CLEAN RUGS-EXTRACT WATER REAL GOOD AND HAVE HEAT ON IN ROOM IF WINTER OR USE DEHUMIDIFIER FOR 2 DAYS TO DRY QUICKLY OR MOLD WILL GROW WHERE YOU CAN’T SEE.
    LOOK FOR DISCOLORED LEAKS IN CEILINGS AND WALLS-MOLD WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE AND BEFORE YOU GET DIAGNOSED MOST LIKELY YOU WILL GO THROUGH A TON OF DOCTORS TESTS AND HELL!

  11. wendy says:

    We have lived in our village on the preserve apartment in Omaha ne for 2 months now and have had an awful smell in here since day one. We have some special patch work on our ceiling we called management and she assured us that there was never a leak. Still upset with the smell we called her again this time she brought the building contractor he told us that there are no pipes running along that area so there could never be a water leak. Keep in mind she says she can’t smell to much of anything and we are told that we need a new air filter or its a dirty apartment smell or our smell! So after more phone calls and emails she has someone cut a piece out of the ceiling patch work the piece is dry . So he nails a piece of wood or screws it over the hole. My husband and I took that board down and found pipes running all along the ceiling and water stains and the smell was so bad it made me feel sick we have notified management and they are still not admitting that there might be a problem we sent pictures of the possible mold. So with working with management that is not so bright wep have a fight on our hands on top of that there has been a water leak in all the buildings hall ways and the carpet sitting wet for 5 days now with no one to dry it up so now that smells. No one seems to be honest or to care that the building is smelly and moody. We are not sure what to do? What are our rights? Thanks wendy

  12. E.C says:

    Hello. My name is Emma and I too recently become very sick from living with black toxic mold. I had every side effect that you could have from living with toxic mold. I live in Phx AZ where mold isn’t common and became deadly ill. I thought I had a brain tumor because I had headaches all the time and I was loosing my memory. I have seen and continue to see several specialists on a regular basis. I am in the battle in my life right now because I work for the company who made the defective part that leaked water into my wall and now I am losing everything. I love my house but I can’t live in it because it’s like I am allergic to it. I trusted that the company I have been loyal too for 13 + years to do the “right thing” because I knew nothing about mold, but they didn’t and I am out of a home. When my employer knew our product caused me to become so ill, the people whom I thought would be there for me were not. Instead I started being was harassed about my Dr’s appointments and asked to reschedule EKG’s and other important Dr.’s appointments. It wasn’t till recent did I start talking about this. I didn’t want the company to look bad, but I don’t care anymore because they don’t care about me or my family. I like talking about it now because it feels good to vent a little. I am fighting the battle of my life right now and I am taking legal action by force, trust me, I didn’t want because I don’t believe in sewing but I expected them to do the right thing but they instead try to trick me into signing my way out of my rights, and if I don’t fight, I will lose everything I have worked so hard to obtain.

    Wish me luck!

    Prayers are much appreciated.

    Best,
    Emma

  13. dan sauerman says:

    I HAVE BLACK/GREEN/MILDEW MOLD SEEPING IN FROM UNDER THE COMMON GARDEN AREA, ITS A CONDO. IN MY CONDO. PROBABLY FROM THE WATER SPRINKLERS THAT ARE 28 YEARS OLD. THE HOME OWNERS DENY RESPONSIBILITY BUT IM FINDING ITS TOUGH TO FIND AN ATTORNEY TO FIGHT THESE PEOPLE, LONG BEACH, CA. 90807

  14. Robin says:

    You have to just keep plugging away at both restoring your health as best you can, and not giving up on making those responsible do the right thing, including remediation as well as paying for your medical care and any lost income. I’ve been fighting the affects of mold and an unethical landlord since 2002, when I found out that the place I was living in (since 2000) was infested with multiple types of toxic mold. Once I discovered mold, I was outta there! But in the interim, I had no idea what was happening to me as my health continued to deteriorate. First of all you have to get out of that environment. And secondly… get the RIGHT medical help. Speaking as someone who has been to 20+ doctors over the past 9 years, I have to say, that if they aren’t educated in mold, what mold can do and how to treat it… move on! You don’t have the time to educate these people and your health and future is at stake. It’s a L-O-N-G drawn out battle to get well and get justice, but if you don’t stick it out and fight, then the message to these types of SLUMLORDS is that it’s OK to ruin a person’s health in favor of just making money and getting the next unsuspecting tenant in. Landlords have to be held accountable, and unfortunately the only way to get their attention and get them to take action is if it costs them money. I wish that weren’t true, and they would just step up and do the right thing when mold is discovered, but that doesn’t seem to be the norm. Stay strong… you WILL eventually get through this. Like I said, it’s been 9 years now since I found out what made me sick and changed my life forever, but I’m still fighting, and you must do the same! Hope this finds you better and encourages you in some way!

  15. cindy says:

    Hi! My mom 82, and i live in government housing projects, and my walls in my room are completely filled with black mold, when i first got here, i saw fur growing on the wall, and the electrical outlets are protruding out of the walls and they all have shorts in them. the maintance told me that they were filled with the black mold and did nothing. i showed the mgr. the protruding electrical and she did nothing. i also smell a toxic odor from our gas water heater which burns my eyes, and my stuffed animals become black on their fur only after 3 days after a washing. our furniture gets dusty after one day, and we have black spots on the tile here and there throughout the apt. even after scrubbing with comet, they come back.. how can they allow this especially with my mom here for 17 yrs she wont leave for fear of nowhere else to live..help!
    nueshes777@earthlink.net

  16. Josh H. says:

    I am feeling the pain. I have been working for 3 yrs 11 months and living in the same apartments on and off for about 10 years. Come to find out here in WA. there is a law (rcw 59.18.060 section 12) requiring landlords/owners to notify tenants about preventing mold and the health risks it poses. None of the tenants ever received this info including myself. Now at least 9 people in 4 different apartments in 3 buildings are having very similar health problems. I had an IAQ test done on my own apartment, which is ironically the office for the complex, it came back with 1300% more Cladosporium then outside and 550% of the outdoor sample of Penicillium/Aspergillus types. I showed the results and tried to give the owner information on the problem; I new what was about to happen as he sprung into fix-it mode and started putting up multiple layers of drywall over moldy areas accessible to the public; now I have been fired and evicted from the property before any further inspections could take place. Left with my family and I sick and without income or a place to live. More victims of toxic mold exposure and the cover up process. Don’t rent on the Nisqually River in Olympia!

  17. natasha says:

    I have had the same problem with mold about 2 months ago. There was black toxic or some type of mold spreading on the top of my ceiling. Also eating the wood away from my door panel. I contacted the landlord about this problem and now we have relocated to another apartment. I’m starting to have these terrible headaces and immune problems. Can I file anything against them? Also there was a flood inside the apartment caused on their behalf, which caused my furniture to become molded. Thanks!

  18. J says:

    Legislators are lackeys. Health and building departments are inept and unconvinced. Attorneys are mercenaries (the Defendants know it). And the courts have failed so miserably … they never were and can never be a source of justice or fair dealing.
    There’s no chance of impartiality when the mountain we climb is strewn with the case law of thousands of slain plaintiffs facing powerful businesses: insurance companies, well-healed landlords, (recently impoverished) builders and developers.
    If there’s no science connecting the injury (tort) to the injured (mold victim), how can anyone stand up under a Frye test? — Who can produce an expert when there are no experts? — And, what ‘expert’ can withstand a Daubert exam?
    I was incapable of comprehending the severity of injury from molds (stachy., aspergillus, clado., etc). I couldn’t begin to see the complexity of mounting a litigation or the financial strain ($500K +). Exposure upon myself and others in a commercial rental resulted in a decade long face-off with a LL having a net worth greater than $50M.
    Now, I believe my only course of action should have been to burn it.
    I didn’t see that years ago. I do now – too late.
    One admonition. Be wise about it. It is, ‘taking justice into your own hands.’
    But if not ‘your own hands,’ who will you turn to? Who can you trust?
    Who’s justice?
    BURN IT.

    Leviticus 13

  19. michelle says:

    I notice your site and I agree and feel for you,
    I had the same thing happen to me, I took pictures of a apartment in Los Angeles, Great part of LA
    sounds like the Ed Mc Mann thing with Mold,
    I didn’t have the money to get a attorney and have many pictures to show and it effected my body of fungal on the body.
    Mold or ? I am also a beauty teacher so my mom thought this would be a hard case.
    Let me tell you in 2 weeks after I moved in to the apartment I am telling you about, was a rash for 9 months and not one person helped me.
    Beverly Hills Doctors,
    I feel for you and hope you are not sick, Ihave been ill for 4 yrs and still battle the mold on the body and inside my sinuses.
    much luck michelle

  20. JMONEY says:

    Do you have an attorney or case against Jefferson Lakes? I used to live in 2715 and I have been taking Mold allergy shots since I moved out. I was terribly sick because of the mold in my apartment.

  21. Stacey Monson says:

    I have been fighting with the Davis County Housing Authority about the conditions of my mold infested apartment for almost a year. They initially tried to tell me it wasn’t when I spotted it in under my kitchen sink. Then they painted over it with “mold killing paint” this of course was the reason I began doing mold research. When I found out that my 3 month old son was at great risk I began reading up on ultimate mold conditions and my apartment is like a giant petri dish. I think they feel that since my rent is subsidized I should just be grateful I have an apartment. They also are counting on our poverty to prevent us from hiring anyone to represent us with a mold lawsuit. I know they think that we must be of low intelligence because we happen to be poor. These maintence men were forced to admit there was mold when out of fear for my baby boy I bought a new bathroom sink and vanity because the one it came with was so moldy the wood on the bottom was completely rotted and their method of repair was to throw a piece of pressed wood ontop of the rotted bottom. They didn’t even bother to remove the rotten wood. When I took the mold infested sink out I was horrified. I called the Health Department but they would only state that there was mold and gave me a pamplet with facts on spores and a What to Wear if you do the cleanup yourself. I waited for 4 days before attempting to clean up the mold. let me add that upon moving in a giant square was sewed out of the wall meaning I could shake a freinds evabout They too have painted countless times

  22. Melssa Graves says:

    I lived in some apartments in Ohio back in 1997 & 98. The whole year I lived there I was sick with repiratory problems and viruses. My hair started to fall out, I began suffering from fatigue and having memory problems. The doctor I saw said that I would be sick as long as I lived in Ohio probably because I had allergies. I saw a program a number of years later on toxic mold. My walls and windows were constantly covered in mold. I thought cleaning it with bleach worked and I didn’t know it could be toxic. Well, the hair loss and memory loss are permanent. I had constant bronchitis for years. That’s better now. I would have done something if only I had known.

  23. liz F says:

    me and my kids have been living in this apartment for 1 month.. the other night as I opened the fridge it hit the wall behind the door and made a hole.. when I looked in the whole I saw bunch of black and the wall felt moist and weak… with further examination I found mold has been growing back there.. I am still considering weather to tell my landlord or not.. the whole just keeps getting bigger!!Anyone have a suggestion?? Whittier, California

  24. Leza Frazee says:

    OMG…you’re not the only one! I’m in Georgetown, TX and although mine is not as bad as yours is, I found it in the insulation in the uptake duct behind the filter of my HVAC system. I took a bunch of pictures, found white and black mold inside the windows of my twin daughters’ bedroom (one was recently hospitalized) and when we wrote them to ask to be let out of the lease, they claim it’s just mildew and my daughter doesn’t have a disability….and now they’re trying to evict ME!!!!

  25. Janet Wilson says:

    This was VERY helpful and informative. Thank you for all your hard work and research. You probably saved my family. I have been treated for several respritory problems, along with severe joint and muscle aches.

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