GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) – The tenants at the Branford Manor apartments in Groton have been complaining about mold for years.

On Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal called for the mold to be removed.

The owner, Related Companies, has made repairs and continues to do so, but the City of Gorton and the Town of Groton say it’s not enough. Now, both have voted to find the owner in default of their tax abatement agreement of more than $500,000.

“Two years moving in there, my daughter starting having grand mal seizures,” a tenant said.

Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees public housing and Section 8 apartments. They are calling on HUD to revamp its inspection process.

“Not only testing for mold, which is a deeply serious health hazard but also demanding action from this landlord to clean up the mold,” Blumenthal said. “HUD’s criteria standards for its inspections have not even measured mold.”

Related Companies told News 8 that it is taking aggressive measures to address the issues, and is in constant contact with HUD, local and state officials.

The spokesperson for Branford Manor Apartments released a statement saying, “Our entire focus is on taking the aggressive measures necessary to ensure that the current issues at Branford Manor are addressed so that residents feel safe and comfortable in their homes. We will continue to stay in constant communication with HUD, the City and Town of Groton including the mayor, local officials and agencies, as well as state officials, regarding the comprehensive strategy and progress to ensure all of the necessary repairs are completed as quickly as possible.”