OKC Resident Concerned About Mold In Apartment


Tuesday, November 11th 2014, 7:29 pm
By: News 9


An Oklahoma City mother said her home is covered in mold and causing her and her kids to constantly be sick.

Debra Craig lives in public housing and said the property manager won't do anything about it because the mold is "dead."

She estimated 75 to 80 percent of her home is covered in mold. And all she wanted to do was transfer to a different unit, but she said the property manager is making it next to impossible.

Craig said she believes the mold is the cause of the family's chronic health issues.

Last week Craig told the property manager about this issue and they sent a maintenance person to check out the problem.

“The guy looked at some of the mold that was in the hallway and ran his finger across it and told me it was dead,” said Craig.

Craig admitted she's not a mold expert, but believes without any treatment, the mold is definitely not dead.

“I don't know what else to do. I mean, I've asked them to take care of this or to do something about it. You know? They are making it like it's me. It's my fault,” she said.

Due to the federal holiday, the property management's office was closed when we dropped by to question them about this issue.

“The problem with public housing is the landlord may not be motivated by collecting a rental check. They get paid to run these public apartments or public housing no matter what,” said attorney David Slane.

Slane said landlords are required by Oklahoma law to supply safe and livable homes for tenants.

“If somebody's just not doing their job and leaving a place uninhabitable, cause the law says it has to be habitable, if it's uninhabitable somebody probably needs to be fired,” he said.

Oklahoma law says if you give a written notice of a significant maintenance issue and it's not addressed after two weeks you are allowed to give a 30- day notice to move out without penalty.