Imagine finding a "secret room" in your house.
Jason and Kerri Brown of Greenville found a secret room in their home behind a bookcase, and what was inside was a massive mold infestation. It seems that the bought the home from foreclosure and decided not to get a mold test done.
It seems that the previous owner left a note detailing the mold problem inside the secret room. The note read something like this:
"Hello. If you're reading this, then you found the secret room. I owned this house for a short while and it was discovered to have a serious mold problem. One that actually made my children very sick to the point that we had to move out."
Now the owners have sued Fannie May, Century 21, and the Realtor that sold them the home. Fannie May was dropped from the lawsuit when they agreed to buy the home back, but they are moving forward against the other defendants. A mold inspector who checked the home after the note was discovered found elevated-levels of several types of mold, including Aspergillus, Basidiospores, Chaetomiu, Curvularia, Stachybotrys and Torula.
I think there's a good lesson to be learned in this, especially when dealing with foreclosed homes. Make sure you have the home checked for mold! A little bit of money spent on mold testing would have saved a lot of time and heartache here.