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Dispute over mold problems forces mother of two from her Ware apartment

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Mold seen on a rug (Photo provided by Sabrina Antunes) Mold seen on a rug (Photo provided by Sabrina Antunes)
WARE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A moldy apartment has a mother of two crying out for help and without a place to stay.

Sabrina Antunes reached out to Western Mass News to share her story about her mold infested apartment at Highland Village in Ware. 

Antunes said that her apartment had so much mold that she and her children got sick.  The mold also got on clothing and areas of the home and she even losing the majority of her furniture. 

"Mold in the rug that was another.  One of my complaints was that I would tell them that my rugs would randomly feel damp and nothing was spilled on it," Antunes explained.

Antunes has lived in the Highland Village Apartments for nearly 10 years. 

Since 2010, Antunes has complained to management about the excessive amount of mold, not only inside her recent apartment - 12D - but across the way as well. 

"The first time I called, the property manager came out, look and she said, 'Oh yeah, that's gross' when she saw the mold and she said she would take care of it," Antunes added.

Photos sent to Western Mass News by Antunes visibly show mold underneath her rugs, furniture, and on window and door sills.  It even got on clothing. 

"The mold has made me sick, my kids sick, my hair has been falling out, bad headaches.  I've had to watch my children have frequent diarrhea," Antunes said.

In 2015, Antunes went to Quabbin Health District.  We learned health officials visited the apartment a total of three times. 

A handful of violations were found on March 3, 2015, including cracked concrete, mold in the bathroom and other areas, and large ice dam or icicles above a window.

On April 8, 2015, there were insufficient repairs, including spray foam under the carpet and no moisture barrier between the rug and concrete. 

Property managers again had to check for leaking pipes. 

The inspector went back into the apartment on May 13, 2015 and said, “while the immediate situation may have been sufficiently addressed, especially given the season, I do not believe a long term solution has been achieved."

We did go inside the leasing office to get a comment from the property manager at Highland Village, but she referred us over to her attorney. 

Western Mass News has not heard back to discuss the housing court documents between Antunes and the property manager. 

Meanwhile, Antunes has since moved out.

"I don't want to see another poor unsuspecting family move-in after they cover up the problem and get sick.  That would be very sad," Antunes explained.

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