Ceiling collapse leaves Nampa woman without furniture

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - A woman called KBOI 2News for help when her world comes crashing down. Dawn Meyers lives in a Nampa apartment and a ceiling collapse meant a rough start to 2010.

The ceiling crack was something Meyers had contacted her landlord about. When a repair man came to inspect the crack, the roof actually ended up caving in on Meyers and her 2-year-old son.

"After it fell we had all kinds of stuff in our hair, it was gray dust looking stuff and fiberglass. We were just itching. It was crazy," Meyers said.

The collapse dropped dust, insulation and fiberglass all over the furniture. Meyers and her son ended up getting tetanus shots at the emergency room.She ended up moving in with her grandparents until the mess was cleaned up.

"I tried moving back in, I stayed there for a night, but we were just like you know itching, it was really uncomfortable," Meyers said.

Meyers' landlord wrote a check to get the furniture cleaned and paid to help Meyer move next door and threw in a month of free rent. Meyer says she is afraid to use the furniture because doctors told her it's near impossible to remove fiberglass from any surface.

"We just sit in lawn chairs in our living room. I call them and they are like we are still investigating," Meyers said.

Meyers says she hasn't spoken to her landlord in about a month.

The Truth Squad got involved called Advantage Property Management. The property manager declined to go on camera. He did tell KBOI that he submitted an insurance claim for the furniture. He also said he was sending Meyers a check for the things her insurance policy didn't cover.

"If I could replace it, I wouldn't even be here."

Meyers said she feels helpless, but the Truth Squad found out she does have rights.

"The state law requires landlords to keep the premise in habitable conditions. Someone can live in it, and live in it safely. If it's a danger or a threat to someone's health and safety then they can send a demand for repairs," said Zoe Ann Olsen, a Legal Aid attorney.

These rights all depend on the lease you sign.

"If the landlord comes back and tells you they don't have to when the law says they do have to make the repairs, you're left without recourse, I think it's really empowering for someone to know their rights."

After the story aired, Meyers did not receive a letter or check from her landlord. In fact, she's heard nothing. The only thing Meyers did receive is a letter from the insurance company saying they will not cover the damages.

The attorneys at Legal Aid tell me since the insurance company decided not to pay up, they will look into taking her case.

The Truth Squad will bring you any developments on this story as they become available.


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