Commissioner takes apartment mold problem into his own hands

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News 12 @ 11' O Clock/ Fri. Dec. 18, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- People living in an Augusta apartment complex are turning to 12 for help after they say mold is growing on their walls, Reports show it's not the first time Fox Den apartments have had issues. Reporter Kelly Wiley is on your side investigating why this time an Augusta commissioner is taking the matter into his own hands.

News 12 asked Commissioner Dennis Williams if he thought the conditions of Fox Den were livable.

His response: I would not live over here.

Why not? Well, because people living in Fox Den Apartments say rooms are infested with bed bugs and behind couches and beds mold is growing.

"My child was bit up, he was bit up, some mornings she would wake up her face would be swollen," said former tenant Angel Perkins. "I constantly cleaned the mold, with Clorox and it just comes back," said Perkins.

It's a "he said, she said" battle between management and the people who live here about who is at fault.

People who live here say management won't fix the problem.

"It's not a cleaning issue, its an issue of poor maintenance," said former tenant Ray Montana.

Management tells a different story saying while they are "aware of the bed bugs" the guidelines for treating the issue are "often ignored by tenants."

Now Augusta Commissioner Dennis Williams is getting involved.

"I looked in 3 apartments I believe and you could see the mold growing on the walls," said Williams.

Williams says he and Commissioner Mary Davis are gathering documents and information to help the tenants and management.

"I've contacted our planning and development office. They are going to have code enforcement come down and take a look at the apartments," said Williams.

According to Planning and Development Director Melanie Wilson they have been out here before. Code Enforcement has 12 cases on the apartment complex already. 7 concerning mold, 2 of bed bugs.

Williams says this is a case where the government can help.

"So that's what I was doing coming down here seeing what I can do to help the situation here and then management sometimes needs some outside encouragement," said Williams.

I reached out to code enforcement to find out if any cases involving Fox Den resulted in any citations, but I haven't heard back yet.

As for commissioners stepping in, Williams says this is definitely not the only complex he's received complaints about so he hopes this gets the ball rolling.