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
The Town of Mountain Village is concerned about the health of these residents living in a mold infested apartment complex.
In Baton Rouge, LA things are very different regarding toxic mold infested Jefferson lakes Apartments. Documented mold inspection reports in 2007 were apparently not considered very important by the sellers, purchasers, Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the State of Louisiana when all were involved in a transaction concerning this complex.
The owners, Riverstone Residential, the LHFA, and The State of LA all know of this severe mold infestation (our report in 2005, the report for the sale in 2007, visual mold growth, (not to mention the odors) and many other complaints, yet people are still allowed to move into these highly toxic apartments and it seems they have no plans to change that. Links below. katy
May 30, 2010
Tenants in Mountain Village’s Telluride Apartment complex are being ordered to vacate their homes within the next four weeks because of mold.
Twenty four units have dangerous spore counts and six remaining units will stay occupied through the summer, and then vacated in the fall.
“Mold is everywhere,” said Mountain Village Building Official Chad Root. “No one should be in this sort of situation.”
In March, Telluride Apartments owner John Bosley was ordered by the Town of Mountain Village to pull a building permit and hire a professional industrial hygienist to inspect the units for mold and make a recommendation.
That hygienist is Plateau Engineering’s Chris Lakin. According to Lakin’s report, 24 apartment units should be vacated immediately with the other six units inhabitable, but only until the fall, due to excessive mold. Based on the information within the commissioned report,
Bosley informed the town last week that he intends to vacate the entire apartment complex within two-to-four weeks due to his concerns regarding tenants’ health and safety.
The Mountain Village Building Department has issued several Notice and Orders within the past two years for substandard conditions at Telluride Apartments. These conditions have deemed the apartment complex a dangerous building per the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings.
The last Notice and Order was given in March 2010, and outlined several code violations including the requirement to hire a licensed Colorado industrial hygienist to confirm that occupied units in Telluride Apartments prove to be safe. As previously stated, the hygienist’s findings showed mold levels high enough to affect one’s health.
The future of the complex is still in question.
“I will probably end up condemning it because it’s not habitable,” Root said. “In order to crack the problem right now, it would either have to be demolished or completely renovated.”
Editor’s note: Watch next week’s Daily Planet for an in-depth look at this issue.
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
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