I need your help. I had a lengthy post prepared, but let me boil down some issues and tell me, what would you do?
A homeowner bought a condo. Three years later he discovered mold seeping through a wall and ordered a mold inspection which revealed three types of mold.
After continued disagreement with the builder as to the source of the mold, (and who is responsible), the builder sent someone unannounced, to make some repairs to the exterior wall. On discovering the scope of the problem, the repairman was directed to cut out the damaged wood and close up the wall. All of this was done without a permit.
Still concerned, the homeowner ordered a complete home inspection to determine the source of the mold. The inspection revealed ongoing moisture problems due to poor exterior maintenance, including a large crack in the exterior wall, areas that were not properly caulked, and sprinkler heads located within two inches of the building.
The condo association, (still under control of the builder) also ordered a mold inspection and as a result, sent someone to repair a section of an interior wall which was damaged by mold.
When the homeowner called attention to the large crack in the exterior wall, the repairman said that repair to the wall was not needed. When the homeowner called attention to the fact that when a section of the interior wall was removed for repair, revealing mold and mildew extending into the adjacent condo, the homeowner was again told that further repair was not needed.
The builder sent someone to address the poorly caulked exterior walls and a subsequent water test conducted by the association manager, revealed a remaining leak. The exterior crack was then repaired, along with more damage repair to the inside wall. Chimney leaks were treated piecemeal.
The builder has agreed to address a few more issues, and is handing off the condo association to the homeowners. The homeowner has not been able to rent or sell his unit because of the extensive damage. He has been partially compensated for water damage to the flooring that had to be replaced.
The homeowner is now in a position of having to disclose an ongoing mold problem that is extending into at least one other unit, with his direct knowledge. He has consulted an attorney who was happy to chew up a retainer with nothing to show for it. The association has also consulted an attorney. The cost of a lawsuit would probably exceed the value of the condo.
I have a few ideas, but I would like to know...what would you do?