Apartment concerns: falling balcony, mold

September 18, 2018 06:28 PM

NORTH GREENBUSH - On the outside of the Oak Hill apartments, there's a huge problem everyone can see with their own eyes; a collapsed balcony dangling from the side of a second floor apartment.

But it's what the tenants can's always see that growing on the inside that's causing even greater concern.

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"I can't really avoid breathing," a current Oak Hill tenant said, "I'm having an allergic reaction to the mold. (My biggest concern) is the health of my children."

The woman who spoke with News Channel 13 on the condition of anonymity says when she moved into her apartment earlier this year, the place was disgusting, and even though she's pointed out her concerns to management, nothing has gotten better.

The woman showed us green algae and filth that have accumulated on her balcony, bacteria present inside the toilet bowl that she says she cleans every day, and fuzz that keeps multiplying inside a petrie dish that's part of a mold detection kit she recently picked up at Home Depot. All of those items she says prove the unhealthy conditions in which she and her young children are living.

"Honestly, I don't even know what the solution is," she says, "But I have to get out of this apartment soon."

Meanwhile, Lori Mann says she moved out of the Oak Hill apartments earlier this year after she and her husband were sickened by their living conditions. When she sent her petrie dishes to be analyzed, the results came back showing high levels of black mod and fungal spores. She says she notified management more than a year ago and saw no results.

"Then I heard the balconies fell off which was scary and I was like, wow, what's going on with this place?"

Forty-five current tenants received a notice earlier this month telling them to keep off their balconies and decks, and keep out of ther garages until structural engineers give them the green light.

A woman in the office told she wasn't allowed to comment on the current situation. When asked who could comment and how would we get in touch with them, we were told we'd have to find that out for ourselves.


Dan Levy

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