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
Reporter: La’Tasha Givens
Salena Harris is concerned about fungus growing in her apartment and making her daughter ill.
“Ever since I’ve been here she has been constantly sick,”. Says, Harris She says what appears to be mold has been growing in different spots throughout her home.
Harris says, “There is a lot in my kitchen drawer. You can pull it out and you can just see it everywhere”.
Another resident who didn’t want to speak on camera says what she think is mold is making her sick too. “Two months ago I started getting really bad headaches everyday. My ear, my eyes, my jawbone everything was just in bad pain”. Says, Villa North Resident.
She says when she contacted the Villa North leasing office, someone came out and spray painted some of the areas. Then, she sent e-mails and made phone calls to building code officials. When they came to inspect, she says they tested the spots.
Lee Chastain with the City of Thomasville says, building inspectors determined insufficient ventilation caused the mold in that particular apartments.
“It’s terrible that we have to live like this. Even though this is a low income place I still think we should live comfortable”. Says, Harris.
Property owners say they terminated the previous staff and they were not made aware of any mold concerns. They say they do have a plan in place to fix it.
“Since we are now aware of it, we have specialist that work for our company that will be coming to do mandatory inspection of the entire property. This will happen within the next thirty days”. Says, Sharon Stroud, Villa North Apartment Manager.
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