Hurricane Sandy Victims Keep Battling Landlord Over Black Mold


Along with all the homes it destroyed and the people it made homeless, another thing that Hurricane Sandy left behind was black mold. A family on New York's Long Island may now have fallen victim to all three. The Norinder family saw their house wrecked beyond repair when the storm struck in October 2012, and after months of living in a hotel were finally able to find an apartment. But as WPIX-TV reported in a segment featured on AOL Real Estate, that apartment might be aggravating young Lucas Norinder's bronchial asthma because of a mold problem there -- even though the apartment's management insists that there was no problem there before the family of four moved in, and that the complex wasn't flooded by Sandy.

In the video above, the New York TV station follows up its investigation of the Norinders' situation with a look at lab tests that show the family has a right to be concerned. It also addresses questions raised about whether the family is responsible for creating the problem and whether it might have brought the mold (pictured at left) with them when they moved in with possessions salvaged from their hurricane-damaged house. Apartment management, meanwhile, suggests that the media should instead be taking a closer look at the behavior of the Norinders.

More about toxic mold:
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Allergy-Proofing Your Home, Room by Room
How to Keep Toxic Mold Out of Your House

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