MANATEE COUNTY, FLa. - Inside a condo at Willowbrook Condominiums, a team of homeowners rush to get letters in the mail to anyone who will listen to their cries for help.
"How about furniture or anything that was contaminated with mold put a value on it," said Armando Oyola-Delgado to a neighbor.
Oyola-Delgado bought his home inside Willowbrook in East Manatee County in 2006. He said mold ruined his home and forced his daughters to move out.
He said the home builder KB Home is to blame, but his closing contract will not let him sue.
"This is like the last hurrah. If this does not work what will?" he said Saturday morning.
More than 40 residents of Willowbrook sent nearly 2 thousand letters addressed to the CEO and board of members of KB Home as well as local, state and national officials; including President Obama and Joe Biden.
Many, like Nicole Camann, want KB to buy back their homes and pay for moving expenses.
"There were problems in the community. Pre-existing problems and they never told us about them. That is a cover up," she said.
Nicole said her parents spent their retirement money on what should have been their dream home, but never ending problems have turned it into a nightmare.
"Enter out here at your own risk," she said while going onto her porch.
Manatee County building officials found two homes in the neighborhood unsafe to live in. Oyola-Delgado said he has known about it for years, but could not get anyone to listen.
"There is a whole array of them that have been here and they have seen this. They've seen how I live and nothing has been done," he said.
KB Home also sent ABC Action News a statement: “KB Home is committed to customer satisfaction and has been working diligently to resolve the issues. The Willowbrook Association recently presented KB Home with a claim on behalf of its members and we have worked with the association to inspect their concerns and look forward to fully and fairly resolving the homeowners’ concerns.”
Oyola-Delgado does not believe anyone will help.
"They put a Band-Aid on the problem and they are not fixing it, so just buy it back. Take it back," he said.
The county told Oyola-Delgado he can live at his condo at his own risk. They also say they have a dozen more inspections lined-up for next week.
If you want an inspection, you can call the Manatee County Inspection Division at 941-748-4501 ext. 3874.
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