The growing problem of mold

Mold is removed from a Sandy-flooded New York home.

Earlier this week the Gotham Gazette reported on the growing problem of mold in homes flooded by Sandy. Click here to read the article.

NYLAG has been seeing the problem first hand. For example, we are working with a 28-year-old single mother of three who lives in Staten Island. She is recovering from cancer and working two jobs, as a nurse’s assistant and home health aide. Since Thanksgiving, mold and mildew are appearing on their walls, clothes, and cabinets – rising from lower floors. Two of her young sons have chronic asthma and require daily nebulizer treatment. We are helping her secure FEMA assistance and deal with her landlord, who has been unable or unwilling to take the necessary steps to treat the mold problem. This too seems to be a growing problem. Landlords and tenants and insurance companies and policy holders are increasingly locked in disputes over who is responsible to pay for remediating affected homes. Meanwhile, the mold grows.

Luckily, as the Gotham Gazette points out, there are many elected officials and citizen’s groups calling for creative solutions to get those affected out of harm’s way and into alternative housing and avoid the potentially serious health problems that can result from extended exposure to mold. We need to learn from the lessons of the past – including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina – and find workable solutions to address the ancillary, long-term harm to people that can last years after the clean up is over.

Blog Post by Yisroel Schulman
President & Attorney-in-Charge

2 thoughts on “The growing problem of mold

  1. As you probably know better than anyone else, it’s not just mold. So many people are being held back from doing necessary repairs because they need to wait for the insurance people to show up, and do what they should be doing.

    It must be so frustrating when you deal with a case like this where the landlord is not being smart – the mold will eventually cost him dearly if he doesn’t deal with it. But, it must also be very satisfying when you can move a case like this forward.

  2. You are correct. Getting some insurance companies to “show up” and do what they are required to do and for what people paid for over many years can be challenging. NYLAG will hold insurance companies accountable for their inaction.

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