The landlords and managers of an apartment in Thomaston have agreed to pay a tenant $20,000 over her complaint that there was extensive mold contamination for several years that led to serious health problems.

And as part of the settlement reached through a court mediation process, the defendants have agreed to fully remediate any mold problems.

The papers filed in Knox County Superior Court note that the parties agreed not to discuss terms of the settlement.

In June, Catherine Harriman filed a lawsuit against Sumner and Marjorie Kinney of Kinney Rentals and owners Richard and Mary Nightingale of Rockland.

Harriman claimed in the lawsuit that she was given an eviction notice from the apartment after a complaint was made to the federal government about the mold in the government-subsidized unit.

The lawsuit stated that Harriman began leasing an apartment on Water Street from Kinney Rentals and the Nightingales in August 2005. The apartments are financed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development voucher program.

Harriman claims that starting in early 2006 she noticed mold in the corner of the walls of the apartment, which she cleaned with bleach.

Harriman said mold reappeared in the spring of 2007 in the same corners and new locations. She stated that she reported the mold during her inspection of the apartment in 2007. The tenant stated that she again cleaned the mold by herself with bleach.

In 2008, the mold re-emerged and was more extensive than in the past two years. Harriman stated she reported the mold during her 2008 inspection.

Harriman stated that the response she received from Kinney Rentals was that it was the tenant’s fault because there was too much clutter and not enough cleaning. Harriman stated she felt embarrassed, belittled, put down, and intimidated by the response.

Beginning in 2008, Harriman said she began experiencing health problems including severe edema, increased thirst, and shortness of breath. The shortness of breath was so severe that she had to go outside for fresh air to breath normally.

In the spring of 2010, Harriman stated she noticed much of her clothing and personal belongings in a closet were covered with mold. She attempted to clean the closet but most of the belongings, including her wedding dress, were ruined from the mold.

In the spring of 2011, Harriman said her breathing problems became worse and her physician expressed concern about her condition.

Harriman stated she hired Air Quality Management Services Inc. of Lewiston to do an assessment of the apartment and its test found that the results were staggering.

Harriman stated she was served with a seven-day notice to leave the apartment on May 19.

Harriman claimed negligence, breach of implied warranty, breach of contract, illegal eviction, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.