Mould forces family out

Residents of a subsidized housing complex in Ladner have moved into a hotel because of black mould in their home.

The toxic mould has been growing on walls and windows for years at Ladner Willows.

Tania Tisdale and her family finally had enough and moved to a hotel on Wednesday so the problem can be treated.

The mould has got steadily worse over the six years they've lived there, Tisdale said.

Tisdale's six-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with asthma she suspects is linked to the issue.

"She was a perfectly healthy kid when we first moved in here, and within six months ... she started developing a really bad cough," Tisdale told CTV.

BC Housing says six units at the complex have been singled out for remedial work.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing confirms officials were notified of the problem in August, and that BC Housing immediately provided funding to Red Door Housing Society, which manages the complex, to fix it. One unit was deemed uninhabitable, and most units are sitting empty. 

"Ladner Willows has deficiencies consistent with 'leaky condo syndrome,'" the ministry said in a statement. "The building's condition has also been exacerbated by a lack of maintenance over the years and it is in need of major, costly repairs."

Red Door spokesperson Susan Snell said there is a plan to eventually redevelop the entire site with a $14.6 million funding commitment from the province. The new complex will have 146 homes for low-income families and seniors.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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