Public Housing Tenant: My Apartment Was Making My Kids Sick

Mold is not uncommon in public and private housing throughout South Florida, but for low income renters who can’t afford to move out or wage costly court battles against their landlords to fix the problem, that could mean living with the fungus, sometime for years.

News Story (Florida)

Nadege Green
WLRN (South Florida)
April 12, 2017

Tags: Health Care, Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Housing: Public

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI)


One of the barriers to addressing tenants’ concerns about mold in public housing is communication, said Nejla Calvo, an attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami, a nonprofit that often represents clients who live in public or subsidized housing.

“Tenants might walk into the site manager’s office and say, ‘I have mold in my unit. Please send somebody.’ If they don’t put it in writing it’s very hard to track that,” said Calvo.

There is a formal work order system to process maintenance work, but Calvo said many tenants express their requests through verbal communications.