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Mold Chases Tenants from Home

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Minot city officials estimate there are close to 200 debilitated zombie homes still standing in the Magic City.

You can usually see which ones they are just by the outside appearance, but today Bonnie Campo takes us to meet a MSU volleyball player who is evacuating the place she once called home.

Shaunessy Dauwalder said she and her two roommates had plans to get out of her overpriced house in the Minot Valley and downsize to an apartment, but she didn't know it would be this soon. What's pushing them out, black mold.

(Shaunessy Dauwalder, Tenant) "Well we found it in our closet first and the girl who was moving out before myself was like oh look at this. There is something on the wall. We didn't know before then. So then we looked at it, and we found it all around the closet. I started moving like all the furniture downstairs, and found it all over the place. We didn't even know it was there. Kind of creepy"

Shaunessy followed all the guidelines. She reported the mold to her landlord.

(Shaunessy Dauwalder, Tenant) "I have been e-mailing him, making sure that none of this is my fault, get the deposit back. He said that his contractor was going to come look at it, but I haven't seen him yet."

Then she alerted the health department, so sent an investigator.

(Shaunessy Dauwalder, Tenant) "He said that there was a circular distinction of the mold, and he hasn't seen it that bad before, or something like that. Other than that he is going to give recommendations to the landlord about the place."

Shaunessy hopes she and her roommates will to just be able to get her $1,700 deposit back, but their not hopeful.

(Shaunessy Dauwalder, Tenant) "Know what you are renting I guess, ask lots of questions before you sign a lease."

The girls are moving closer to campus, and paying less rent, but their neighbors worry other flood homes that were rebuilt quickly, like this one, will pose more health risk to potential buyers. In Minot, Bonnie Campo KX News.

If you have any questions or concerns about home health hazards call 1st District Health Unit of Minot.

 

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