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Some Homeowners Gain Limited Relief From Chinese Drywall

Thousands of homeowners in 38 states have decided not to live in their houses because of the sulfur fumes emitted by drywall, fumes that some...
September 21, 2010

Thousands of homeowners in 38 states have decided not to live in their houses because of the sulfur fumes emitted by drywall, fumes that some homeowners say make them sick. Many of these homeowners have purchased or are renting other homes, and the additional expense has brought some near bankruptcy, forcing them to sell the houses with defective drywall at a large loss. Others continue to live in the houses but keep the air conditioners operating at maximum capacity to reduce the odor.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has received approximately 3,500 complaints about drywall, and the agency thinks that thousands of other homeowners have not reported the problem. Government authorities have encouraged lenders to suspend mortgage payments and have lowered property taxes on affected houses but have not helped homeowners replace the tainted drywall. Chinese manufacturers contend that U.S. courts lack jurisdiction to penalize them.

Click here to read Drywall Flaws: Owners Gain Limited Relief (New York Times 9/18/2010)