One apartment complex in Texas is under pressure from the local government because of a slow response in fixing plumbing leaks, which have led to significant fines for the landlord and health risks for the tenants.
The management of Crestmont Village apartment complex in Houston, home to more than 100 families, has been slow to respond to numerous complaints from residents regarding water leaks and apartment water damage, according to KTRK. In one apartment, maintenance crews hung a banner advertising the complex from a bedroom ceiling to stop a rain leak. In another apartment, an ongoing leak caused part of the ceiling to collapse and land on the unit's elderly resident.
A significant amount of mold has cropped up in a number of the units, leading some residents to worry about negative health consequences. One resident who is currently battling cancer worries the mold in her apartment will make her already-unstable condition worse, the news source reported.
According to the Houston Tenants' Rights Handbook from HoustonTenants.org, "Texas law requires landlords to make a diligent effort to repair problems about which they have been notified and that materially affect the physical health or safety of an ordinary tenant."