Though a new management company dropped the claim, I wonder if the mold will be remediated or if a new tenant will move will be exposed to freshly painted over mold. katy
by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36
April 14, 2010 at 5:48 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A mother who moved her family out of a Charlotte apartment due to health concerns says the complex added insult to illness by charging her for two months rent after she left.
Kourtney King admits she broke the lease, but says managers at the Greenbryre Apartments told her it was OK due to her concerns.
“This is the mold that’s coming through my walls,” King said while showing us her apartment in August 2009. “My own doctor told me to move.”
King says the mold made her and her children so sick that she had to break the lease two months early for health reasons.
Her doctor’s note cites mold as the reason for her illness and her hospitalization. At the time, Greenbryre property managers told us they would help King.
But King says she got a bill of $1,082 for those last two months rent.
King says she shouldn’t have been charged because property managers told her it was OK to leave due to her mold concerns.
“I was so angry I just ripped it up,” she said.
The bill ended up in collections. We did some checking and discovered that the apartment complex has a new property manager who told us they knew nothing about King’s problem.
“I wasn’t helped and I gave them plenty of time,” King said.
Code enforcement inspected King’s apartment after she complained and cited it for “unsanitary conditions.”
Greenbryre painted the walls after that inspection. Property management at the time called it mildew, not mold.
“It was clearly black mold,” King said. “Nobody should have to live in mold, especially when you have asthma and allergies and you’re sick and you have children.”
The new property managers at Greenbryre called King Wednesday afternoon and admitted the bill was sent in error and the claim against King was dropped. That means she no longer owes them $1,082.
Information on Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Toxic Mold Infested Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana continuing to allow tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of mold toxins
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
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