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Apartment tenants move out after mold moves in

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DULUTH, GA (CBS46) -

Some people living in a metro Atlanta apartment complex moved out Wednesday after mold moved in.        

The problem surfaced in Gwinnett County at the Colonial Grand Apartments at Pleasant Hill.

“I can’t explain how upset I am that you would actually allow a human being to actually live in conditions like this,” tenant Jacob Williams said. “For the month of June I would actually come home and go straight to my room and close the door and put a towel at the bottom of the door so I didn’t have to smell what was going on in here and they never repaired any of the issues.”

Williams said there have been numerous water leaks in his apartment that were not addressed immediately and as a result mold began to grow.

“They left this carpet sitting in water for about three weeks,” Williams said.

And after encountering upper respiratory problems, Williams bought a mold test kit and even hired a mold expert who confirmed there was a high level of the fungus in Williams’ apartment. Remediation was also recommended.

It explains why Lisa Miller and her 9-year old daughter Hannah are preparing to move out.

“She’s sleeping in my room right now because I won’t even allow her to sleep in there because of where all the feces and stuff were on her carpet. It’s absolutely disgusting. They state in email after email after email that they take care of things the right way. If things were done the right way, why is there mold in my apartment?” Miller asked.

So CBS46 went to the leasing office to ask the property manager about the water leaks and mold.

“I wouldn’t be the person who could help you with those questions, but I would be more than happy to get you in contact with that person,” Colonial Grand Property Manager Carolina Jabara said.

Meanwhile, Williams broke his lease and dropped off his keys at the leasing office Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m paying close to $900 a month for this one bedroom in a gated community in a nice part of town. Why do I have to live in conditions like this,” Williams said.

CBS46 spoke with the corporate office MAA for the Colonial Grand Apartment Homes and they told us they take this situation very seriously and they are investigating the issues. They also plan to address all of the problems and remediate any mold.

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