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Thomas and Nicole Yearsley

Troy, NY: (Jun-09-07) Kristine Choma filed a housing lawsuit against Kenneth Yearsley of Pittstown, who acted as a realtor for two relatives who sold 6 Magill Ave. to her. The suit was filed after Choma was forced to abandon the house, after a toxic mold infestation sickened her and her daughter. She said an inspector she hired to look over the home after she bought it, found two dormers had been improperly attached to the roof, allowing water to leak into the home and causing wood rot and created prime conditions for mold growth. The inspector she hired to look at the home before she bought it did not notice this and other shortcomings, which were detailed in a separate report commissioned in September, 2003 by a couple who were considering buying the home a month before Choma agreed to the sale. The lawsuit claimed that Choma was duped into buying the house, which cost her $105,000, excluding the cost of furniture and other property she abandoned along with the home after these items became contaminated with toxic mold spores.

In a settlement reached, one of Yearsley's clients agreed to pay Choma $1000, Yearsley's former broker, Kathleen Weeks, agreed through her lawyer to pay $2,000, while Capitol Home Inspections LLC agreed to pay $5,000. The insurance carriers of two policies held by Thomas and Nicole Yearsley, who sold the house to Choma, agreed to pay $15,000 making the total payout $23,000. [TROY RECORD: TOXIC MOLD HOUSE]

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Published on Jun-11-07


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