Yes, you will be evicted for speaking up about mold in your apartment. This is illegal but the general rule.
Yes, the apartment management is ALWAYS SHOCKED at the mention of mold. Of course that is what they will say and then claim you are scaring other tenants (which might be in their best interest).
See – Defamation??? Amazingly Riverstone Residential is upset some may actually choose NOT to move into toxic mold filled apartments at Jefferson Lakes after viewing reports & still claiming they did not (and still don’t) know of toxic conditions!
Funny, when professional testing shows high levels of indoor molds (and it is so infested you can smell it), the testing done by the complex, city, housing authority, etc., ALWAYS comes back normal. In this case it just says an “inspecton” by the City of Sulpher.
Perhaps they pulled this routine – Apartment Management orders 24 hour air test for mold instead of 5 day so accurate mold levels will not show up
It will be assumed you will not be able to afford an attorney and this will go away (all except the MOLD).
If you do get an attorney, there is a VERY good chance your rights will be violated AGAIN. katy
Feb 28, 2010
by Brandon Richards
SULPHUR, LA (KPLC-TV) – A Sulphur resident believes she was evicted for speaking out about the living conditions at a local apartment complex.
In November, Amber Meche and Shelly Benglis went before the Sulphur City Council to talk about the living conditions at Town and Country Apartments.
Benglis had been approved for Section 8 at the apartments, but she refused to move in because she was unsatisfied with the living conditions of the two apartment units she was to choose from.
“There was a lot of stuff wrong with it and when we walked into the apartments, you [could] smell the mold,” said Benglis.
Benglis asked Meche, a friend, who was then a tenant at the apartment complex, to speak to the city council about the living conditions at the facility. Meche went before the council and said she was concerned about mold and other problems in her apartment.
Just days after speaking to the council, Meche said she received an eviction notice. Meche said she had been a good tenant for as long as she had lived there and could think of no other reason why she was evicted, except for the fact that she spoke out about living conditions at the apartments.
“That’s what she (manager) does,” said Meche. “If you speak up against her, she throws you out.”
According to a report published in the Sulphur Daily News, the manager of the apartments said she was “shocked” after hearing about Meche’s comments to the city council. The manager told the newspaper Meche had started “scaring” other tenants. The manager said she had never had any complaints about Meche before this.
Meche and Benglis next appeared before the Sulphur Housing Authority, arguing that Meche’s eviction was unfair. The Housing Authority tabled the matter until last week, when it announced unbeknownst to both Meche and Benglis that their problems had been resolved.
Meche and Benglis said they did not get an opportunity to present the latest evidence they had gathered to the Housing Authority board, which includes results of a lab test performed by Booth Environmental Services, LLC. According to the report, the samples, which were to have been taken from Meche’s apartment, were found to have four types of highly elevated molds, Chaetomium, Trichoderma, Aspergillus/Pencillium, and Stachybotrys (black mold).
Those lab results are in direct conflict with inspection reports from the City of Sulphur.
According to the chairman of the Sulphur Housing Authority, Franklin Foote, city inspections are the only thing the board can go by when making decisions like this. Foote said city inspections show there are no major problems with the apartments in questions.
Meche also said she and her daughter had been diagnosed with illnesses because of the unhealthy condition of her old apartment.
Foote said the board will probably convene a special meeting this week so they can explain their decision to Meche and Benglis, since the pair was not allowed to speak last time.
Meche said despite what the Housing Authority decides, she plans on fighting the treatment she received.
Because she was evicted, Meche is no longer on Section 8. Meche plans on reapplying soon, even though she’ll likely to be put at the end of the line. Benglis no longer has Section 8 status either.
“Everyone that lives there has young children and they’re pretty much put in the same situation as me,” said Meche. “They either have to deal with it and live in pretty much slum, because if they speak up about it, or complain about it, they get evicted.
I just hope something’s done about it.”
Information on Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Toxic Mold Infested Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana continuing to allow tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of mold toxins
Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer