SILVER SPRING, Md. (ABC7)
Mold, mildew, and bed bugs-- these were just a few of the more than 2,200 violations found at an apartment complex in Silver Spring.
"We have to deal with the mold, the main problem is the mold," said Mr. Ahadji, who had been living in his apartment for about four years.
Mr. Ahadji invited ABC7 inside his home, and he pointed out the health issue on the walls, which were only a few feet from his son's bed.
We have to deal with it because we cant afford another apartment, he said.
On the other side of the building at the Northwest Park Apartments, Ana Argueta was also living with mold and mice.
She says the problems had been ongoing, and living in the conditions were affecting the health of her two kids, who suffer from allergies.
Argueta had been fighting to help get the problems fixed at the complex on Southampton Drive, which is managed by Kay Apartment Communities. With pressure from the tenants and county council, the Montgomery County Department of Housing did a full inspection of the complex, and it came back with more than 2,200 violations.
"If you find 2,200 violations, that means this has been going on for a long time," said Tom Hucker, Montgomery County Councilmember.
The inspection was done last month, and according to the report, officials found mold, mildew, bed bugs and many other problems in many of the units.
"Nobody should be forced to live with mold and mildew, rats and mice, roaches and bed bugs. These are health and safety issues," Hucker said.
The Northwest Park Apartment Complex had also become home to many survivors of the deadly explosion in August at http://pestsuk.com/ireland/armagh/pest-control/quotes-professionals.php the Flower Branch Apartments, which is owned by the same company.
Theyre having all kinds of trauma from the explosion and theyre sent here in vacant apartments by the same owner, and theyre dealing with the same kind of problems, Hucker said.
It's cases like these that had council members Tom Hucker and Marc Elrich pushing for a bill to inspect all apartment units in the county. The council members also want DHCA to submit an annual report to the council and prioritize code enforcement according to the severity and number of violations found and require landlords that are on an annual inspection regime to provide DHCA with quarterly reports on subsequent and outstanding http://www.badbedbugs.com/ complaints. The bill just made it out of committee Thursday, and it now moves to the full council.
"Basic quality of life shouldn't depend on how much rent you pay," Elrich said. This bill would be a big improvement over where we are now.
ABC7 reached out to Kay Apartment Communities for comment, but our calls have not been returned.