NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to deal more thoroughly with the removal of mold in public housing.
The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1bNc6C6 ) reports that it's part of an agreement by the Bloomberg administration to settle a federal lawsuit by tenants.
The city was accused of allowing mold to persist, aggravating tenants' respiratory ailments.
The settlement requires the city Housing Authority to remove the mold and fix leaks, insulate pipes and deal with other moisture issues. It covers all of the authority's 400,000 tenants.
In most case, the authority will have to fix the problem within seven to 15 days of a work order.
The settlement requires the authority to recognize asthma as a disability and make accommodations for tenants with the condition.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com