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Mold and foreclosures

There was a very interesting story on National Public Radio yesterday about the relationship between mold and foreclosures. One realtor interviewed said,

“I have a release form that I use, and if the property has got a lot of mold in it, I don’t even let my own husband go in it without signing this disclosure because I don’t want the liability,” she says. “I had one really interesting [one]. It was the middle of winter. There were icicles coming out of the windows above the garage, no heat, but it was 80 degrees inside of the house because it was self-composting.”

The story said that in some states more than 50% of the foreclosed homes have mold and mildew issues.  I’ve seen a few of these usually involving burst pipes during the winter.  This story raises the frightening possibility that just by sitting vacant, nature takes over the structure when air conditioning and heating no longer are used.

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  1. Al Putnam
    July 15th, 2011 at 12:32 | #1

    This type of problem has been sticking in my craw for some time now. I have witnessed the bottom feeders buy up property at tax sales, go in and put a couple kitchen cabinets in, throw some kills over the mold and either rent it or sell it on a “contract” to some poor individual that does’t know any better. I can not find in the residential code on how to confront that kind of behavior and practice.
    AL

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