See my posts on mold on this site.
We still have the issues - but here was our tactic.
First, the Board of Health informed me that they could do nothing and there are no Federal or State laws here that I could find to help us.
So, we went a different route. The city building inspector came in and inspected and cited us for leaking water.
The leaking water has been going on for many years, noone did anything about it. We had alot of black mold - had it tested and it's the really bad kind. Testing by a licensed professional didn't seem to matter to anyone, but it put the Board, Insurance Company, the Property Management company and all owners who had their heads buried intentionally - on notice. Sent it by email and certified to everyone.
Second, I sent a demand letter that not only our locker, but all lockers be fixed, to include the drywall repair, the water be stopped and the mold remediated.
The Demand Letter gave the Board 4 full months (after many years of our nice requests). That was 4 months ago. Three deck membranes have been replaced. Two of the lockers are still leaking and one new one. The Board is dragging their feet - a couple weeks ago they sent out a survey to see whose locker still leaked. They've now had 8 months to work on this.
The key here - and the city inspector is aware of this and will work with us - is that they Board is saying they don't have to fix the drywall in the lockers which are limited common area. The rules and regs are new - we voted on them, but had no idea the Board would interpret them so loosely.
They are not fixing the drywall. They've had monthly meetings and now we have it in writing from their minutes what their intent to date has been.
To our advantage, the drywall that is ruined in these lockers is the code required "fireproof" drywall and the lockers MUST have it in them. Right now we are in violation of the city code. As soon as we get the minutes from the Board meeting this week and see what they say - if they are still saying no, we will then go back to the city and have them cite us again. Also we will let the insurance company know that we are in violation of the code - which as owners - we don't want to be. May raise rates, but will also get the work done finally. And really, the Board is to blame for arguing this ridiculous point with us.
However, we found that several of the owners have stuff in their lockers and just don't care if it's got mold all over everything and they do. The cool air coming into our front vestibule reeks of mold today.
I am not sure why noone else here thinks this is not important but it is.
The readings from the inspectors report are true, accurate and real.
This is a health issue to some.
Once the couple owners who are just sitting around living the status quo need to sell or get sick from being in their lockers - we might just be able to get them to complain. But we have ours now dry and have removed the mold ourselves. Our drywall was only slightly damaged - others have no ceilings.
The city is always willing to step in and cite the Association/Board. Also, alot of cities are passing the International Building code. Check to see if yours has. Makes things alot tougher to ignore.
Please keep us posted so we can follow up in case you have an idea we didn't think of. Thanks so much.
Isn't it a shame that we all know this about mold.
Our condo Board is pretending it doesn't exist.
I can't even imagine the damage it is doing.
Without filing a lawsuit against the Board we have no idea what else to do.
They just had a Board meeting and 8 months after our demand letter the best they can come up with is that the work intended to alleviate the leakage of water ....has resulted in a marked decrease in the overall problem but that seven lockers continue to leak. The same old same old waterproofing companing is coming back at another shot. Why not try a new company instead of giving the same one another shot at another wrong diagnosis. Except for the fact that we've become deep pockets for the cheapest vendors in town it appears. Even better, the cheaper the better to the past Boards. And they have only been asked to submit suggestions, not a bid for anything.
Anyone who gets more results on the mold end, please keep us posted.
As a realtor I am certaily held to a higher standard.