Thank You National Apartment Association. I will do my best to get this very important information out ASAP to numerous owners, investors, huge property management companies (e.g., Riverstone Residential), attorneys, and judges, AND, of course, to the MANY people who are currently living in MOLD-INFESTED APARTMENT COMPLEXES right now! katy
Correction to the “Correction to Scarcelli/Stanford Management story”
“…documents showing a test done in August 2008 found no mold in the apartment. The test showed that the substance in question was, in fact, mildew.”
MOLD & MILDEW
Mildew (mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood products, ceiling … mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure.
Maureen O’Brien, News Director
(NEWS CENTER) – In order to set the record straight, we have the following correction to the story “Scarcelli answers to tenants’ complaints” which appeared on our website this week.
The story said that water from a leaky roof caused mold in an apartment managed by Rosa Scarcelli’s company, Stanford Management. Stanford Management has since provided NEWS CENTER with documents showing a test done in August 2008 found no mold in the apartment. The test showed that the substance in question was, in fact, mildew.
I was going to post the original story “Scarcelli answers to tenants’ complaints” so I searched that title on the WLBZ2 site and found the story title and link:
Scarcelli answers to tenants’ complaints
May 24, 2010 | … and let them live in conditions like that.” We showed Briggs’ photos to Rosa Scarcelli. She said, “That’s one snapshot in time… These people were living in really nice …
When I clicked on the link I got this:
This article was also on the search results page:
Rosa Scarcelli a political newcomer
(NEWS CENTER) – Democrat Rosa Scarcelli is the newcomer in the four-way party primary. But she says that’s actually a help.
Scarcelli is seeking the democratic gubernatorial nomination in the June 8 primary election, and faces opposition from longtime, well known Democrats Steve Rowe, Libby Mitchell and Pat McGowan. But Scarcelli says she isn’t fazed by that.
She believes those three will divide up the votes of people who want the “status quo”, leaving others to vote solely for her. Scarcelli is 40, and runs a large affordable housing business her family started.
She argues that she is what the Democrats need if they’re going to win the Governor’s race – a candidate from the business world.
“The next governor’s going to have to focus,” says Scarcelli, “and I will focus on jobs. I will focus on making government efficient and restoring faith that we’re spending taxpayer dollars efficiently and effectively.”
I did find a cached page on google of the original story “Scarcelli answers to tenants’ complaints”
Scarcelli answers to tenants’ complaints
Caroline Cornish, Reporter
DIXFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Democrat Rosa Scarcelli has touted her business experience as the reason she would make a good governor. She is the CEO of Stanford Management, a company that specializes in managing affordable housing units for seniors, as well as low income families and people with disabilities. In 2008, she was named one of the top 50 affordable housing managers in the country by Affordable Housing magazine. But some current and former tenants are questioning her record.
“Jane” is a former tenant at Sara Pepper Place in Dixfield who asked us to protect her identity. She told us she lived in her subsidized apartment for 4 years, under a crumbling, leaky roof that caused her ceiling to mold. She showed us pictures of the damage taken by her state representative, Sheryl Briggs. Jane said she called Briggs in August of 2008 when management ignored her requests for a fix for months.
Briggs said she was upset with the mold, and spoke to Stanford Management. She said they did some temporary fixes, and she didn’t hear from Jane again. (For the record, Briggs is supporting Steven Rowe in the Democratic primary, and NEWS CENTER sought her out for comments on this story.)
But Dixfield Code Enforcement Officer Calvin Beaumier did. More than a year after Briggs took her photos, he went to Sara Pepper Place. “When I drove into the complex, I was amazed at the quality of the roof,” Beaumier said. “It was the worst deterioration of roofing shingles that I had ever seen.”
He took pictures of mold in three apartments, and he threatened to file a complaint with U.S. Rural Development. He said the roof was replaced days later. Beaumier said, “I was very upset to think that anyone could be collecting federal funds, taxpayer subsidized housing for low income people and let them live in conditions like that.”
We showed Briggs’ photos to Rosa Scarcelli. She said, “That’s one snapshot in time… These people were living in really nice apartments. There was a little water damage on the roof, and we always go in and fix those when we can.”
Scarcelli said she has no record that any tenants complained about that roof and that Beaumier’s visit had nothing to do with the timing of the repair. The roof was going to be replaced that week anyway.
She says she started the process of getting federal funding for it in 2006, three years before it was fixed. Scarcelli said, “We applied in ’06, waited 24 months, and we were announced the winners. But it really took us that long.”
She is proud she got that funding, considering she had to compete against companies from across the country. And she insists Stanford Management did temporary fixes, including mold abatement every time the roof leaked, until it could be re-shingled. “Stanford Management is on top of every property, every tenant, every issue and we do what we can within our limited means,” Scarcelli said.
When asked why she didn’t have her tenants move out while she was waiting for the funding, Scarcelli said, “Water leaks from a leaky roof are not uncommon in Maine, unfortunately. I mean, we understand, that we have ice dams.”
Scarcelli said, “One leaky roof does not make a bad businesswoman.” And according to Maine State Housing, Stanford Management does not have a bad record when it comes to tenant complaints. Stanford Management runs 2000 units across Maine and three other states. Scarcelli urged us to talk to her other tenants about their experiences. We did, and we found people at Sara Pepper Place that are very happy with their apartments.
Jason Berube has lived here for 4 years, and describes a management team that understands when tenants occasionally can’t pay their rent on time, and responds to their concerns. Berube said, “I love it. It’s great. It’s quiet here. People are nice here. Everything gets fixed in here when they want it fixed.”
The complex does not appear to have any serious problems. But other tenants said management can be slow to fix problems, like sticky windows. Jeff McDonald told us, “I’m grateful for the apartment that I have, especially with the taxpayers helping me out. It’s just that I’m angry that their money’s tied up, and we’re living with things that are ridiculous.”
Stanford Managment is in the process of collecting bids for the work at Sara Pepper that still needs to be done, like the windows. Construction was supposed to start in April. But Scarcelli said the slow gears of government are holding things up again. She said, “We don’t get to do things how we want, when we want, and we’re still recognized as one of the best affordable housing companies in the country.”
She maintains one leaky roof does not stain that record.
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
Information about Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana allowing tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of toxins from molds by intentionally concealing evidence
Irrefutable evidence indicates that Riverstone Residential, Guarantee Service Team of Professionals, & plaintiffs’ attorney, J Arthur Smith III, must have agreed to exclude evidence that would have shown the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments & Riverstone Residential had knowledge of the severe MOLD INFESTATION at the complex before we moved in