May 8, 2010
Just about two months after KnightNews.com’s investigative unit was first to uncover a mold infestation forced UCF student Albert Piedrahita out of his Pegasus Landing Apartment — after he was initially told to leave for “standard renovations” — the situation has come to a boiling point.
On one side is the University of Central Florida, which owns the land Pegasus Landing sits on, and announced on Friday it is suspending its affiliation ties with Pegasus Landing over the mold.
On the other side is a company called CaPFA Capital Corp. 2000F, a Florida nonprofit corporation, which owns the apartment buildings where students live.
Caught in the middle are thousands of current UCF students, RA’s and future Knights who have leases at a property UCF promised was “affiliated” with the university.
STATEMENT: Read UCF Statement
STATEMENT: Read Pegasus Landing Statement
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 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