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NY1 For You: Brooklyn Mom Battles Landlord Over Toxic Mold

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A severe case of black mold has one Brooklyn mom worrying about the health of her family and pleading for her landlord to clean it up. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 for You" report.

A moldy mess is what Linda Gavin says is making her family sick.

"My 12-year-old is complaining of a headache and other sinus problems that she's developing, and my other son with headache and coughing," Gavin said.

Gavin believes these symptoms were brought on by a severe case of black mold in her East New York apartment.

The mother of three says she discovered the mold after her daughter's ceiling collapsed from a chronic leak.

"The wall started to get black and bubbly," Gavin said.

Gavin had an independent tester come in, who told her the apartment was infested with dangerous mold.

The renter claims her landlord initially sent a worker to patch up the leak, but hasn't responded since, leaving her no choice but to take him to housing court.

"He received over eight pages of paper from the city telling him to fix this work," Gavin said.

The papers demanded the landlord fix the work within 24 hours, time which has now come and gone.

Gavin says she and her three children are forced to live with the toxic mold, because they have nowhere else to go.

"We just open the window and fan and do the best we can," Gavin said.

NY1 contacted Gavin's landlord, who claims that after his workers initially patched up the leak, he didn't hear from Gavin again until she had him served with court papers.

The landlord told NY1 he is sending a licensed mold specialist out to the apartment this week and hopes to have the work completed within the next two weeks.

In the meantime, Gavin is holding her breath and hoping for action to be taken.

"NY1 for You" will continue to follow the story.

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