Not only that, but my toddler has been dealing with rashes of unknown origin and respiratory symptoms including a wet cough for a few weeks, and now vomiting and diarrhea off and on since last Thursday. My husband has also had these symptoms (minus the rashes). We haven't changed anything else in our lives. My daughter has a doctor's appointment for this afternoon.
I have a few questions:
Does anybody know if I have any rights regarding making the property management company fix this, and if so, in what timeframe? Do you know if they are liable for finding us alternative housing because of the mold/sickness issues? We also have renter's insurance through State Farm; I will be looking at our policy when I get a chance today. Does anybody know anything else that might be good to know?
(I will be x-posting the medical stuff in health and healing.)
Wife to dh and mommy to dd1 (3/07), ds (1/10), and dd2 (any day now)!
They have a renters rights hotline,
You can also look at their website. The advise was free and extremely helpful, I just received after the episode phone calls asking for donations for their cause, but at the time I was not in a postion to donate.
And felt no pressure from them for money.
Post an update and let us know how it turns out. Also let me know if this group helped you, because I am now in a position to donate some funds and may give in their direction.
I don't know about OR but most states have a clause where you can break the lease if you are in unsafe living conditions and it is not repairs in x amount of time.
The company my husband works for is very apprehensive of lawsuits, so they are very careful to document everything and have any mold, whether the "fault" of the tenant (not using bathroom fan, giant fishtanks, various and sundry weird things that happen) or not, cleaned up within three days. I asked dh what he thought, and he suggested that you buy a small notebook exclusively for documenting this process with your management company. He was very clear about not taking any pages out of whatever notebook you use and that it should only be for documenting this mold thing. He said that you should start calling every day about getting things fixed and very carefully document who you spoke to, what time, and what was said. Also, lots of pictures. In addition, he suggested that you contact a lawyer, and let the management company know you have done so. That may be enough to get them busy making things right, but if it isn't you may well be glad to have a lawyer and lots and lots and lots (and lots) of careful documentation, because if you are dealing with a large management company with an established protocol (whether they are following it or not), they may well come out looking more reliable than you.
I sure hope that you can get things straightened out asap--I'm sorry to hear that your dh and little one have been sick, and I certainly hope that making your home a healthy (mold free) one is not a difficult process. HTH!
(dh just said, "oh, I hope your condo wasn't built before 1978, because if they left an open wall in somone's apt. that was built before then... they're (the management) really screwed." The whole lead paint issue, I guess, so if that's a consideration...
We lived in a place in Oakland that had a hidden but horrible mold problem. It made my husband so sick. The heppa air filter worked really well, but we had to move out as soon as possible. We found an inexpensive one at Sears,, it was like a model that was being replaced by a better one. It did the trick.
Ok this is what i understand. If they do not fix it you can go to your bank and set up an account to put your rent money in tell it's fixed!
#1 you should put plastic over the hole so it dose not KEEP contaminating the home!
#2 take lots of pictures and record ALL conversation with landlords ( you must tell them "I AM RECORDING THIS (CALL) or any time you record them! or it will not stand up in court!)
#3 Call a Lawyer ASAP! do what they tell you to do!
#3 Pull all your things out from walls look for any thing that dose not look right take pics of anything you find!
#4 If you can get a sample of contaminated drywall have it tested! They must replace all of the drywall& installation in walls were mold is found your it will just come back!
#5 Start looking for a new place to rent! this may not be a little problem ! They should of had someone come in to test the air and the mold! and they should of never left a big hole Were they found mold uncovered!! mold can cause long-term health problems depending on the KIND it is!
i hope this is helpful! but STILL CALL A LAWYER AND FIND OUT THE LAW!!