Tenant living in moldy conditions wants local landlord to make things right

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 20:07:20-05

“I told him about the mold he denied there was mold I tried to show him the pictures that I had taken of the mold he dismissed them,” said Chris Mattis, a renter at 30 Commonsway South.

Mold is the biggest issue he claims he has been dealing with. However, it’s not the only issue.

“This is one of the leaks it comes all the way through the temporary fix that he did was a floor tile,” said Mattis. And the toilet is literally taped.”

Mattis complained to his landlord about the problems but says he’s being ignored.

“I’ve called and text multiple times,” said Mattis. “Haven’t got a single response.”

And since his daughter caught whooping cough last week, he worries these conditions are bad for the family’s health.

“She was diagnosed with 3 other respiratory illnesses; they’re tied to black mold,” said Mattis.

While the landlord is allowing them to break their contract without consequences, Mattis says despite all the issues with the house he’s still having issues getting his deposit back.

The landlord is named Scott McMillan. He says Mattis owes some late fees.

“I know that that particular tenant paid his rent late last week and mentioned about a roof leak,” said Mattis.

But he would not say if Mattis will get his deposit back.

“Typically like on planet earth I’ve never heard or in Texas, you have 30 days to give a deposit back once somebody has moved out,” said McMillan

The City of Portland Code Enforcement is investigating this property…for what they believe may be multiple code violations.