Michiana Problem Solver: Chicago Trails Village resident reports mold issue

NEW CARLISLE, Ind. -- A resident of the Chicago Trails Village retirement community says it took six years for his roof to get repaired because management failed to address the problem.

Keith Newton says that critical delay caused mold in his apartment, which has caused him health problems.

Newton has been to the hospital seven times since February of 2022 for breathing issues. He said it has been so bad, he has slept outside in his vehicle.

The disabled retiree said he has been trying to get management to fix the problem.

Newton had to pay out of pocket for a test kit, and for it to be tested at Pro Labs in Florida.

"I'm having a mold problem in my apartment. And I did a lab test and it came back positive for four types of mold three that are harmful to your health, according to my doctor," Newton said.

According to Newton, the management of the apartment complex is denying mold exists in the apartment.

"That's not mold. They said it's not mold, that's not your problem," Newton said.

Newton believes because management failed to address a roofing issue, water began seeping into his ceiling, causing the mold.

ABC57 reached out to Amy Riemke, vice president of marketing, who provided this statement:

"We investigate every complaint and take safety issues seriously."

Riemke said she could not comment on the specific issue, due to privacy rights.

"They're also putting other people in this building behind us, their life in danger to by not fixing it, because mold untreated and taken care of will spread and spread and spread," newton said.

Newton just wants the issue in his apartment resolved to improve his quality of life.

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