Apartment Mold Problem Still Not Fixed
After mold was found in their apartments, five Gainesville families have been living in hotels.
Now, their stay has been extended.
Community Housing Partners, the landlord for Horizon House Apartments has put these families in hotels while they repair the black mold damage.
But now, two more weeks have been added to their stay, making mothers anxious to get home their children back home.
"My one year old said, "I want to go home." My one year old. My older ones want to go home as well. They want to be in their own rooms and to play with their own toys," said Horizon House Resident Andrea Cantrell.
Code enforcement said moisture buildup was the cause in the inspection of one of the units.
Community Housing Partners did not return our calls for comment but those who evaluate mold in structures say the repair could be extensive if the water is in the walls.
Wednesday afternoon, in response to a post on the corporate Facebook page, Community Housing Partners did respond. Here is the verbatim reply:
"Community Housing Partners sincerely regrets that some of the residents at Horizon House and Sunset Apartments in Gainesville, Florida have experienced incidents of mold growth within closets in their homes. The comfort and safety of our residents are our utmost priority as we actively work to address the situation in an effective manner. To accomplish this, we have retained the services of a professional industrial hygienist to assess the matter and determine the appropriate corrective course of action to follow. We have also hired an experienced building forensic consultant to help determine the cause of the mold growth and identify steps we can take in the future to avoid such a problem.
Additionally, we have provided alternative living arrangements at a local hotel or in previously unoccupied apartments on the property for six families immediately affected by the situation. As communicated to these residents, we are committed to keeping the amount of time they are displaced from their homes to an absolute minimum while also ensuring that the issues are appropriately corrected.
We will continue to work with our residents, the City of Gainesville, and industry experts to rectify the situation and apologize to our residents for any inconveniences experienced by these circumstances. Our residents are encouraged to contact Regional Property Manager John Skaro with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org."
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