Ballantyne family says their home is making them sick

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Ballantyne family says their home is making them sick

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 12:58 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A family living in Ballantyne says their house is making them sick and their landlord did nothing to prevent it.  Now they want out of the house, but the landlord says they signed a contract.

The Ballantyne home was supposed to be a new start for the family.  When Mark Hendrickson's Texas business went belly up he took a job in Charlotte, moving his family of four kids, including two toddlers, to what they thought was their dream home with a lease-to-buy option.

But the new home turned into a nightmare.

“I want my money back, I’m done.  How do you trust somebody as a landlord when you tell him you’ve got bugs in your food supply, you’ve got mold.  How do you trust anybody,” Tina Hendrickson asked in frustration.

Since moving in this summer, they've had multiple water leaks and Tina Hendrickson says the landlord didn't deal with them and as a result now they're dealing with mold.

“There was mold found throughout the house,” Hendrickson said, showing NBC Charlotte reports from the company that came in to test for the mold.

The landlord said he's getting everything fixed and the house will be in better shape than before, but the Hendrickson's say they've already been exposed to toxic mold and they want out of the deal—out of the contract, out of the house and they want their deposit back.

“When someone’s got $4,000 of your money tied up and you're living paycheck to paycheck, what do you do,” she added.

The Better Business Bureau said if you plan to do a lease-to-buy you should act as though you’re buying the home. Get an inspection and have a realtor or attorney review the contract.

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