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
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun
June 15, 2010
The Baltimore City Health Department reported three cases of mold violations at the luxury Harborview Condominiums overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
The violations among the three units range from water-damaged ceilings and water-damaged floors to possible mold coming out of the ventilation system “caused by lack of maintenance to the exterior of the property as well as the ventilation system,” the May 17 citation states.
The three units, located at 100 Harborview Drive, had mold and the Health Department notified the condo board, giving it 10 days to repair the problem. The issue was not fixed, resulting in three $100 citations from the department, said Brian Schleter, department spokesman.
“The real issue is the problem has been identified for quite some time, but it hasn’t been addressed,” said Matt Hjortsberg, an attorney for James Ancel, who lives on the top floor of the condo. He has filed suit against the condo board, which manages the building.
He said it’s the board of directors’ duty to maintain the common elements of the building, which include ductwork and exterior walls, while residents maintain the spaces inside each unit.
“The board has got to fix these problems in the common elements,” he said, saying that the HVAC system on the roof is “broken up, deteriorated, no longer functional,” so that it now allows water to enter, causing mold spores in his client’s unit.
On Tuesday, concerned residents and owners were invited to attend a meeting on the mold issue, but outsiders were not allowed.
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