The following news item reported by Global TV illustrates the seriousness of reporting mould. Unfortunately this house was not inspected before purchase.
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Kendra SlugoskiGlobal Edmonton
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Steve and Norma Dima shelled out $264,000 for their new home, but now they have nowhere to live. The Stony Plain couple is facing a fierce battle - taking on a toxic mould they discovered soon after they moved into their new home.
Norma Dima says, “We’ve lost everything. We have nothing.”
The Dimas have now been forced to live under a tarp over a picnic table. Across the yard is the empty house they recently purchased. “It’s the house of horrors.”
And they want to warn other home buyers, saying it pays to have a home inspected before moving in.
“When Steve comes home with the van, we sleep in the back. We’re trying to cope… we’re trying to keep going.”
The Dimas didn’t get a home inspection before buying the home. They moved in on the May long weekend. But soon after, the family started getting sick. That’s when Capital Health found mould, and lots of it.
Norma says they were told to “better get a home inspection, so we did that. That’s when we found out we had 99.9% moisture in the house.”
Everything, even the dishes had to be left inside. Norma spends her days looking for a way out of this mess, and is trying to get their money back.
Denis Noel, a real estate lawyer, says, “About the only remedy purchasers in a case like that would have is to sue the vendor.”
But that’s only if they can prove the seller knew about the mould. Legally, any home health risk must be revealed to a buyer. It’s a case of buyer beware, and Noel says about half of home buyers, still don’t bother getting an inspection. “I think most people are not experts in house construction, and do not know what to look for. An expert inspector will certainly catch the most obvious things.”
That’s why the Dimas are speaking out. They don’t want any other family to have no place to go. Norma says, “Oh boy - be smarter than us. Be a lot smarter and get this home inspection. I don’t care what the house is or where it is, but spend the $300, $400, or $500 and get this. That’s the only safeguard you’ve got.”
Steve and Norma are now looking for an apartment to rent. They have two sons who are staying with a family member. Norma is also waiting to hear from her doctor, to find out if she’s facing any long term health problems from the mould.