Landlord hid black mold we found after signing the lease

by Jennifer
(Indiana )

Mold in and on wall under window

Mold in and on wall under window

Mold in and on wall under window
Mold under the living room window
Swollen ankles from mold exposure
Internal lesions from mold exposure (non injury bruising) size of softball

My fiance and two small children came with me to view a rental property. We saw cosmetic issues with holes in the walls and painting was a must. The previous tenant left a couch which conveniently was covered the mold. We signed the lease and discovered the mold immediately.

I called the landlord to tell him we found a leak that caused mold to eat away holes in the drywall. He said he would fix it. In the meantime I completed the cosmetic holes and painting as well as cleaning top to bottom and pressure washing both porches that were all left filthy by the previous tenant. Time passed and we even used our own money to fix the leak to no avail.

For ten months I begged the landlord to fix the mold problem and informed him that i was diagnosed with asthma. My boys were having nose bleeds and suffered also with asthma while my fiance battled chronic fatigue and coughing/vomiting up blood.. the landlord told me that it was my place to fix it. I told him i'd been patient long enough and that id have to call the health inspector. Within ten minutes of me saying that he had two joe shmoes come over to "nigger rig," his words not mine, knowing my son is biracial. I was home with my small children with no car and they gave me ten minutes to evacuate. I told them not to pull out drywall till my kids were out but they started anyway using all of my material. They merely covered it up before the health inspector could come over.

The same day the health inspector came and ruled the home uninhabitable for human housing the landlord served me an eviction notice. This is a retaliatory illegal eviction for requesting the health inspector. To add insult to injury he is suing us in small claims for rent and trash which we have every receipt for. We have to counterclaim and have nowhere to go. I am desperate to find a new home.

The exposure to airborne mold spores from being present during the "removal" has caused my whole family to suffer memory loss, chest pains irritable bowels, internal lesions (bruising without injury), rashes burning ears eyes and throat and my ankles are more swollen than during pregnancy on top of hair loss. The symptoms go on and on. Its a living hell and we are still stuck in this health hazard with no place to rent. We just get sicker and sicker.

This guy is a total slumlord! Good thing I documented EVERYTHING. Even the stagnated sewage in the backyard he had illegally ran. He denied my family our rights and my fiance enrolled in the military to protect those rights and freedoms even being deployed to Iraq. We remodeled his home and he screwed us over severely! My babies getting sick was the last straw. I'm now in momma bear mode panicking on how to get my babies in a safe home. I wouldn't wish mold or our landlord or my worst enemy...

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Oct 10, 2013
air quality results
by: author/victim

After relocating I have finally been in contact about air quality results. Although he wouldn't give me levels, he did inform me that there was excessively high amounts of penicillin and aspergillus. I'm still fighting symptoms that I'm afraid are here to stay. Its a sad reality that these toxins are down played by doctors, landlords, and even the EPA. Research and education about the matter needs more urgency and funding. Good luck to all who can relate to my story.

Aug 16, 2013
Mold test positve results
by: Jennifer (author/victim)

Our mold test results indicated an active, thriving colony of Chaetomium globosum which is highly toxic. It produces pathogens and mycotoxins that cause several adverse health affects. In the short time of 35 days my health is compromised more than I could have expected. Each day I get sicker and sicker. Its caused abnormal blood work results of high ESR, high C-reactive protein, low white blood cell count which then went past normal levels to be high white blood cell count. I have high tryglycerides, low protein, and low potassium.

My memory loss is devastating and arthritic pain in my joints makes me feel like I'm 28yrs old with dementia and arthritis. Luckily my children suffer from only allergic rhinitis and rashes. My health is devastated and there are several more symptoms that I'm too tired to list.

Doctors dismiss mold as causing problems. My advice to anyone sick from toxic mold is only mention your symptoms and not even mention mold. Some rashes that look like bruising only got me a diagnosis of being a domestic abuse victim which is absurd! I'm still left with no answers on how to treat all the random symptoms.

We finish picking up our last items tomorrow and have been approached by someone who also witnessed meth labs in the rental. The master bathtub was where most if the meth was made. I now have to inquire about the toxicity that absorbs in walls and carpet from meth lab chemicals to see if they could have caused harm to my children or anyone in the family including our pets. This toxic nightmare is not condemned but is uninhabitable; it can be rented again once landlord satisfies the health inspectors remediation list. Child protective services had test positive meth samples from a wall scrape but the info remains confidential.

New tenants are being sought out at this time for this totally toxic moldy meth lab that looks so harmless to the naked eye. I can't stand the thought of a new family moving in without knowing the homes history. Its a nightmare i'm still unable to awaken from.

Jul 09, 2013
I need help identifying types of mold...any educated guesses?
by: Jennifer (author/victim)

In the first picture you can see black mold on the wall, green and black mold on the window seals, and black and white mold imbedded in the carpet. I have ordered a mold testing kit, but the landlord disposed of the drywall and insulation. There is still mold because it was hidden, not fixed, but my best samples were in the contaminated drywall and insulation and disposed of. I have cut out mold samples from the carpet and the mold smell is still very prominent especially when the AC kicks on. The kit I ordered was a clear tape sample. Does anybody know if i can use the moldy carpet for accurate testing?

With my kids sick, as well as me and my fiance I am desperate to put a name to these molds asap. If anybody can give me an educated guess to what mold is seen in my pictures, I would greatly appreciate your knowledge. All of my research points to Stachybotrys, and I'm really hoping I'm wrong and its something less hazardous to our health. Also if the health inspector deemed our home uninhabitable, then why hasn't he required us to evacuate immediately with the landlord legally responsible for relocation fees? Not that we can find a place yet, but still cant help but question all this mess.

Any info or advice is greatly appreciated, and thanks for reading my story that allows our voices to be heard. Take care, Jennifer

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