November 4, 2008
Mold in Stonybrook Apartments - MORE "Painted
Over Mold" - Blood Tests Show 4 Molds in 1 Year Old
FL -- Complaints are growing louder at one of Palm Beach County's most well known subsidized housing districts.
of today, my daughter has chronic asthma and she has been hospitalized with meningitis. She's had several viral and
respiratory infections and the list goes on," said Katisha wall, a resident at the apartment complex.
doctor told us specifically that the mold is the reason why she's continued to get sick," Wall said while holding up
a doctor's note she suggested is proof. "They also said that if she is not removed from this environment it's going
to get worse."
All of the children have been prescribed breathing treatments. In a letter from
their pediatrician the doctor wrote; these kids "have a lot of respiratory illnesses" and have developed "reactive
airway disease or "asthma."
Laquanna Smith, the children's' mother, presented medical records
for News Channel 5 to review. They were blood tests that showed her youngest son, 1-year-old Marion, had been exposed
to four different types of mold.
Full story: http://www.topix/com/health/2010/03/mold-in-stonybrook-apartments-more-painted-over-mold-blood-tests-show-4-molds-in-1-year-old
August 10, 2007
Mold Remediation Gives You a Tax Deduction
Articles, Internal Revenue Service-IRS
Did you know that if you are a landlord
or a homeowner and you have to have mold removed from your home, it is tax deductible? It qualifies as a repair
that has to be done to protect the investment of your home. The costs that you will incur from removing mold from your
home or your business can be quite great, depending on the size of the infection. Sometimes a quarter, half, or even
a whole wall or more has to be removed, not to mention the cost of the chemicals and personal protection equipment necessary
to do the job safely.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has concluded that the cost of mold removal and remediation
are tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. This is a requirement that must be met before something
can be deducted as a business expense: it must be both ordinary and necessary.
Renovations that increase the value
of a home or other building cannot be counted as business expenses, but the removal of mold is necessary because the health
of the workers and anyone else in the building will be affected, thus affecting the flow of cash into the business.
Mold remediation does not add value to the property, so it is fine to count it as tax deductible at the end of the year, even
if it is not a business that is being treated. Unfortunately, if the mold remediation is the part of a renovation plan
that includes the entire property, then the cost is required to be capitalized instead of deducted from your taxes at the
end of the year.
So, just what is deductible? If you hire a professional service to do it for you, then the
total of whatever they billed you after the project was completed is what you would write down as your deduction at the end
of the year. Also, any building materials that you have to purchase after the mold removal are tax deductible, as well.
These are necessary to complete the repairs.
It is also possible any relocation expenses that you or your family
might incur while the mold remediation is taking place may be deductible as well. Contact whoever prepares your taxes
for you and ask them if it may be deductible.
If you play your cards right, you should be able to deduct most of
the cost of your mold remediation, as long as it is not part of a larger renovation of the property.
Brown University Study Finds Link Between Depression and Household Mold
By Edmond Shenassa, Brown University
A groundbreaking public health
study, led by Brown University epidemiologist, has found a connection between damp, moldy homes and depression. Results
are published in the American Journal of Public Health.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Brown
University) - A groundbreaking public health study has found a connection between damp, moldy homes and depression.
The study, led by Brown University epidemiologist Edmond Shenassa, is the largest investigation of an association between
mold and mood and is the first such investigation conducted outside the United Kingdom.
Shenassa said the findings,
published in the American Journal of Public Health, came as a complete surprise. In fact, after a few U.K. studies published
in the last decade had suggested a link, Shenassa and his skeptical team set out to debunk the notion that any link existed.
‘We thought that once we statistically accounted for factors that could clearly contribute to depression –
things like employment status and crowing – we would see ant link vanish,” said Shenassa, the lead author of the
study and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health at Brown. “But the opposite was true.
We found a solid association between depression and living in a damp, moldy home.”