Toxic mold visible in Gresham apartments

Mold and rust is visible inside the Jennifer Anne Apartments in Gresham, Feb. 19, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Tenants at the Jennifer Anne Apartment Complex in Gresham said they complained to management for months about toxic mold. Nothing was done, they said.

Inside one unit, KOIN 6 News saw a lot of mold on the walls.

“The air is extremely toxic in the walls and attic and there’s raw sewage underneath,” tenant Tanya Clevenger said. “Nobody should be breathing this air.”

Neighbors also complained of sewage back-ups and rust on their heaters. Tenant Blanca Zejin took a picture of a cockroach in her kitchen, and said she called the manager.

“He never showed up,” she said.

When KOIN 6 News spoke with Robert, the on-site manager at 17316 E. Burnside, he said, “It’s none of your business.”

He then said to call the property management company, but no one returned a call from KOIN 6 News. The owner of the property, Brent Bunting, did not return two calls from KOIN 6 News.

On Wednesday, Gresham Housing Inspector Darryl Godsby arrived at the apartment complex. He told KOIN 6 News inspectors have “been out here on mandatory inspections over a year ago.”

Robert, the on-site manager, later told KOIN 6 News the problems will be addressed. “Absolutely,” he said.

But the tenants aren’t holding their breath — although with the air the way it is inside their apartment, they said they should.

“At this point I can’t go inside,” Clevenger said. “It’s so toxic.”

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