A popular student apartment complex in Tallahassee has been invaded by an unwanted visitor, mold. Now, residents are being asked to move out for an entire week so the problem can be cleaned up.
Residents of The Preserve Apartments off of San Luis Road are upset and some claim they are getting sick due to the mold. It's not hard to see. Pink and black mold coats windowsills in David Luck's apartment. It's less than a year old.
In order to fix this problem management has asked that residents move out for a week of cleaning. David and his roommates said "no thanks".
"It's a voluntary contract because all of us live and work go to school in Tallahassee, so we need to be here and would just be an inconvenience for us to move out," David says.
Some in the complex that houses mostly students have joined a class-action lawsuit, saying their health is being compromised by the mold, but it seems that leaving for a week is what fires up the emotions.
“I think it's crap. For a week I've got to find a place to stay. Luckily I have some buddies that live right by so I'll be able to do it," says resident Danny Day.
"It's very inconvenient considering they're not compensating me for a hotel stay. They're only giving me a little bit of money and it's not even half of what I'll need to stay at a hotel," adds Jessica Durand, another resident.
The EPA says that tightly built newer homes can be a breeding ground for molds. Molds can cause allergic reactions like chest tightness, coughing, sinusitis, and increased asthma.
"I just know it's really disgusting. You can't even open your windows," says Jessica Durand.
Management of The Preserve refused any comment on the situation when approached by Eyewitness News.
Many homes that have been built to be energy-efficient also have problems with the buildup of mold in our humid environment.