The lawsuits pending in U.S. District Court in Gulfport say Hunt Southern Group LLC, which owns the houses, and property manager Hunt MH Property Management LLC failed to fix underlying moisture problems with the houses, despite “repeated requests” for relief.
Mold cleaned up with soap and water, and in some cases Tilex, returned and spread, the lawsuits say.
The families accuse the Hunt companies of gross negligence, fraud, breach of contract, conspiring to conceal dangerous conditions and other wrongs. They are asking to be compensated for losses that include medical bills and, in some cases, moving expenses. They also seek punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.
Hunt representatives do not comment on pending lawsuits, said Cindy Gersch, vice president of corporate communications for Hunt Companies. Gersch did send responses to written questions from the Sun Herald.
“Hunt Military Communities created a plan of action to address the residents’ moisture and mold concerns immediately after the issue was brought to our attention,” she wrote. She said Keesler leadership approved the plan, which includes inspection of all homes with reported mold and moisture issues.
She said heating and air conditioning systems have been modified to prevent condensation on ducts during humid months. Hunt also has taken other measures, such as hiring additional maintenance and other staff. Hunt’s complete answers to questions the Sun Herald posed can be found here.
The lawsuits describe a less proactive approach to mold cleanup.
In 2017, environmental testing found elevated levels of aspergillus, plus in two cases stachybotrys, in the military housing occupied by families filing the lawsuits.