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Navy takes action on complaints of mold, rats in military housing

Posted: 6:11 PM, Apr 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-02 21:11:47-04
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(KGTV) - The Navy is taking action to assess living conditions in military housing amid complaints of rodents, mold, and water damage.

Families have shared stories about housing problems with 10News over several weeks.

The Navy sent a survey Monday to received feedback on the situation.

Erika Bradley, a Navy wife and mother, said she arrived at MCAS Miramar last June to find mice and mold in her new home.

“When my husband calls and he's in a war zone, do you think I am going to complain about mold? ‘Hey babe, we have rats where our children eat,” Bradley said. “I don't want him to worry about that because if his mind isn't focused where it needs to be, that's peoples lives.”

Lawmakers are trying to push a bill through Congress that would give military families power to withhold rent from landlords. More than 700,000 people live in privatized housing across military bases.

Bradley is hoping the military will put more pressure on private companies, holding them accountable.

The Navy is also conducting town hall meetings and walk-throughs.

10News reached out to MCAS Miramar property management, but they did not respond.