Renters Raise Mold Concerns
Renters at a Neenah apartment complex say they have complained to the building's manager about mold growing on the walls and ceiling, but their concerns are falling on deaf ears. Michelle Clow is keeping an eye on the mold growing on the walls and ce Video by nbc26.comvideo
NEENAH-- Renters at a Neenah apartment complex say they have complained to the building's manager about mold growing on the walls and ceiling, but their concerns are falling on deaf ears.
Michelle Clow is keeping an eye on the mold growing on the walls and ceiling of her apartment. “After we clean it, it goes away for like a day and the next day, its back," Clow said.
The building's owner didn't want to do an on camera interview but says there have been no formal mold complaints this winter from any of his tenants.
But people living at the apartments say they are afraid to complain. “If we complain to the health department, we'll get a 5 day eviction notice," Clow said.
Doug Gieryn of the Winnebago County Health Department says his office receives numerous calls each year about housing issues, including mold.
"We unfortunately also receive many calls that are related to disputes that are going on between landlords and tenants, we really attempt to determine the validity of those complaints and those often require a site visit,” Gieryn said.
Gieryn says there was one anonymous call regarding mold at the apartment complex in January, but the caller did not provide contact information.
As for Clow, she's just concerned for her kids’ safety.
And while she's looking to move out, she doesn't want the next tenant to have the same problems.
Health inspectors say if there is a legitimate mold complaint the building inspector will check out the property and work with the owner to fix the problem. If the caller insists on being anonymous, if there are 2 anonymous calls of the same problem at the same address, health officers will check it out.