Gulf Shores Renters Say Apartments Have Black Mold – Video

“Kristi Hoop says black mold is consuming her apartment, chewing away the walls and contaminating her bathroom.”

Statement From Waterway Apartments

“When a unit is rented, it is clean with fresh paint, clean appliances and free from any mildew, mold or dirt. We inspect units on a regular basis, but it is not our responsibility to keep a tenant’s bathroom or kitchen clean. If a bathroom is not cleaned during a year of constant use, mold and mildew will grow and get out of control. Cleanliness is a condition of the lease, and the tenant is expected to keep their home sanitary. As long as the apartment is returned to us in good condition, and so long as her rent is current, her deposit will be refunded.”

-Stacey Ryals, Landlord

This statement from a landlord is different from the usual denial of a mold problem.  Blaming their mold infestation that is consuming the walls (and tenant) in their apartment building on the tenant allegedly not keeping a bathroom clean is ignorant.  Mold infestations are in very clean buildings also.  Mold can thrive on clean water.  katy

Gulf Shores Renters Say Apartments Have Black Mold – Video

April 07, 2010   
Pat Peterson

GULF SHORES, Alabama – From the outside, Waterway Apartments on Canal Road in Gulf Shores looks like a typical apartment complex…well-kept, nicely landscaped. But renters here say first impressions can be deceiving.

Kristi Hoop says black mold is consuming her apartment, chewing away the walls and contaminating her bathroom.

“This is horrible,” says Hoop. “Nobody should live like this. Nobody. I scrubbed and scrubbed and it’s all on the edges, it’s just horrible.”

Black mold is common along the Gulf Coast and is highly toxic. It can spread quickly in humid climates and can cause health problems. Hoop says she’s been sick several times recently and blames it on the mold.

“I want to come home to a safe environment, and this isn’t safe,” says Hoop.

Hoop says the problem has gotten so bad, she’s moving out and has contacted an attorney.

The owner of Waterway Apartments would not talk to us on camera, but landlord Stacey Ryals says the mold isn’t his fault or his responsibility. Ryals sent WKRG a statement Wednesday about Hoop’s complaints.

Statement From Waterway Apartments

“When a unit is rented, it is clean with fresh paint, clean appliances and free from any mildew, mold or dirt. We inspect units on a regular basis, but it is not our responsibility to keep a tenant’s bathroom or kitchen clean. If a bathroom is not cleaned during a year of constant use, mold and mildew will grow and get out of control. Cleanliness is a condition of the lease, and the tenant is expected to keep their home sanitary. As long as the apartment is returned to us in good condition, and so long as her rent is current, her deposit will be refunded.”

-Stacey Ryals, Landlord

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