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Cape Coral family impacted by Chinese drywall

Posted at 10:59 PM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 14:25:33-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — New developments, as another Cape Coral family is affected by toxic Chinese drywall.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Chinese drywall was used in an estimated 100,000 homes built between 2001-2009.

It’s been reported to cause damage to plumbing and electrical systems, and headaches and respiratory problems in humans.

A Cape Coral family of four says there were a few signs they wish they had not have missed when purchasing their first home in June 2018.

Soon after purchasing, things took a turn for the worst after discovering that the home was infested with toxic Chinese drywall.

“That’s why he (the seller) bought it so cheap for $126,000 and we bought it for $209,000, ” said the homeowner, Jaime Borroto.

The family says repairs will cost them more than $100,000.

“The attorney said they could do nothing, the title company could do nothing, the bank...the realtors they didn’t respond,” said Jaime Borroto.

They have been unable to live in their home, and have been forced to rent.

The family is now responsible for their mortgage, rent, legal fees, and other bills.

They say it has become an expense they could have never imagined.

“Rent, mortgage, attorney fees. Almost every month I have bills and almost $5,000 in, that’s just in attorney fees,” said Jaime Borroto.

The family has started a Go-Fund-Me page to help offset legal fees and housing repairs.

In hindsight, they share a few tips for first-time home-buyers.

“People need to be careful, people need to be more aware,” said homeowner, Milena Grajales.

They say to check all appliances and walls for rust or mold, be warry of any toxic smells, and be sure to hire your own inspector.

“This is a nightmare and nobody wants to help us,” said Milena Grajales.

The real estate company Bohio Realty has declined to comment on this matter.