GR woman describes mold problem: “It’s like a monster under my bed”

Posted at 5:39 PM, Sep 30, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- A Grand Rapids woman says mold has taken over her entire apartment and that her landlord is wrongly blaming her for the growing fungus.

Dianne Hall moved into the Millbrook Apartments in June of 2014. At the time, she says nothing seemed out of the ordinary and that it wasn't until late in August when she noticed a mold-like substance growing on nearly everything she owns.

"Nobody can explain what it is that's growing," Hall said.

Everything from her foot stool to her pillows to all of her shoes are covered in a fungus-like film.

Hall originally figured her apartment's management would take care of the issue, but after she contacted her landlord, housing coordinator, and insurance company, that didn't turn out to be the case.

Hall says her complex's rental company, Echelon Property Management, has offered only to clean her carpet.  And her claims submitted to her insurance company were all denied, she says.

"I'm at a total loss here, because I can't take this moldy furniture to another apartment, and they're refusing to fix my things," Hall said.

At this point, Hall has become worried for her health and feels it is finally time to move out.

"You put your whole life into something. You create a home, you want it to stay that way, not a place where you can't sit down, I can't even lay down."

But her housing coordinator, Wyoming Housing, tells FOX 17 that Hall can't be released from her contract solely because of the presence of mold.

What happens next is up to Hall's landlord.

Both Wyoming Housing and Echelon Property Management have inspected her apartment. They say that they have done everything they can at this point, but Hall disagrees.

"I want my stuff to be restored if possible and me leave this unit and apartment complex," Hall said.

Echelon Property Management tells us that they've reached out to the city of Grand Rapids and are waiting to hear back for a solution. In the meantime, Echelon says, that only thing they can do at this point is to let Hall out of her lease and that they plan to send Dianne's housing coordinator a letter letting them know she's okay to move out.