Woman says rental home a house of horrors - CBS46 News

Woman says rental home a house of horrors

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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

Lula Burton does not like the home she is renting.

"I consider this a disaster. The roof is coming down, the paint or whatever they painted it with is coming down and it has black mold on it too," Burton said.

She said black mold is not just on the ceiling.

"There is mold back here all on the floor. I just had to throw a dresser away because it was molded. The floor is buckled up here too," Burton said.

Burton's friend Roger Mapp said the mold is caused by water let in by a leaky roof.

"Look up. You can see the hole in the roof where rodents or something have gotten in. You can hear them on the inside of the wall," Mapp said.

The leaky roof and the mold on the ceiling are just a couple of the problems. There is also no electricity going to the house to power the lights and heat. In fact it is so cold, you can see your own breath at times.

Georgia Power said it can't legally restore service until the homeowner gets a wire inspection. Burton said her landlord won't pay for it, but that is not what Nya Brown said. She works for Capitol Property Management.

"We sent out a licensed electrician on December the 3rd and we did the necessary to get the power turned back on," said Brown. "There is not one work order in regard to one type of mold problem in that property. When you have a property sitting up in bad weather and you have hot or cold rain you are going to get mold in the property if there are no utilities, no heat or air. We will continue to go forward with going to the property and look at what she has and what she is claiming."

Meanwhile Burton is worried about her grandchild spending another night in the cold home.

"I got my grandson, then my other grandson is like 5 months old and his father just came and got him. It's too cold for anybody to be in here," said Burton.

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