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Roni078



Joined: 04 Nov 2005
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Location: Virginia Beach VA

PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 12:42 pm    Post subject: Unseen Mold ISsues Reply with quote

I just moved into my apartment in VA Beach in September. We didn't notice anything until about 2 weeks later when my kids kept getting sick, then myself as well. My then 10 month old baffled the doctors due to the fact that I didn't believe it was bacteria or virus and so they took blood tests to "calm me down". THe blood testing proved that it wasn't viral or bacterial so I was sent to a pulminologist. My son now is diagnosed with asthma. My daughter had asthma before we came to the state.
After 5 weeks of constant visits to the doc at least 2 or 3 times a week I decided to get my apt. manager involved. I had been telling her about the kids but now I could only think it was something in the house. She told me I was paranoid and it was us getting acclimented to the weather.
She sent a "MOLD EXPERT" over and they said they found it in the bathroom. I asked if they would check my ac unit. The bathroom never caused us problems and I could control whatever by the amount of cleaning I do. The AC Unit now is a totally different story.

I have pics of this black slimy looking crud that was all over inside the AC unit behind the filter. And from the floor of the ac unit room. I am not allowed in this room what so ever now and my apt. manager says it is only dirt so they scraped it down the day I had the health department come out. I did take a sample and I am anciously waiting for the results. I cannot break my lease cause I was told I don't have enough information proving it is unhealthy for my children to be here. The apt. manager states that "We cleaned it and it is not my fault your kids have allergies. I think you are just being paranoid"
I have called every person I could think of including FEMA, the EPA, and Consumer rights and fair housing act. What do I do?
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stacy



Joined: 31 Jan 2007
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Location: Oklahoma

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The apt. manager states that "We cleaned it and it is not my fault your kids have allergies. I think you are just being paranoid"
I have called every person I could think of including FEMA, the EPA, and Consumer rights and fair housing act. What do I do?"

I find it truly disgusting that there are apartment managers seemingly all over the US who use this same tactic and willo deny the issue exist despite every bit of evidence thrown at them.
I live in Oklahoma, and lived in an apartment complex called Indian Springs in Broken Arrow up until about a month ago. I lived there for siz years, and the problems that I had with mold and the management would take several pages to explain.
I did much the same as what it sounds like you have done, and to no avail. I even called the news stations around town and posted pictures up in a Photobucket account, (over 700 of them now, I think) and STILL could find no one who would help me.
Eventually, I took the drastic step of calling my state senators office, and FINALLY, it seems as though I have found someone willing to listen to my story, and probably take action.
My advice to you is to do the same. But also, you might want to check and see if your state has mold protection laws in place, it sounds as if if probably does not. Also, call your local health department and inquire about the building codes in your area. In my case, there are none, which is why, coupled with the fact that my apartments are managed by HUD housing, no one would take on the case.
Furthermore, I advise you to start taking inventory of your belongings, including pictures, and the location of these things in your apartment. Continue to take general pictures every month or so. This will give you proof of the condition of your belongings if things begin to deteriorate rapidly. Also, keep every doctor bill, and be sure to put every work order or complaint in writing. You might even start keeping an online journal. I started one about three years ago, merely for my own sake, but I soon discovered that thanks to my ranting about each incident with the management, I had proof of dates, times, and the gist of conversations with reference to my apartments and the mold issues. In the end, that journal may be what wins this case.
I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
Stacy
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