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What To Do When There Is Mold in Your Apartment

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

The first thing you should probably do if you discover mold is to notify your landlord.

Mold spores can spread rapidly if mold cleanup is not done promptly. For this reason, it can be important to immediately address any mold concerns in your apartment. Familiarizing yourself with your rights and responsibilities and with the steps you should take may help you avoid unnecessary mold damage.


Tenant's Responsibility


Landlords are generally not responsible for mold damage that results from a tenant's actions. Tenants may wish to avoid the following conditions that can promote mold contamination:

Lack of ventilation
High humidity
Lack of cleanliness
Unreported leaks
Spills or floods that are not cleaned up promptly

Landlord's Responsibility


There is no federal law and only some states and localities have laws that specifically govern permissible mold exposures in rental units. However, many states have laws that require landlords to maintain their property to a standard that provides safe and livable housing. In some instances, these laws may require landlords to be responsible for mold cleanup in their rental units and to be liable for any damages that result from failure to address mold issues.


What To Do If You Find Mold


If you notify your landlord by phone, it may be a good idea to follow-up by e-mail so you have a written record that you contacted them about the problem. You may want to include photos of the mold in your e-mail. If your landlord does not respond to your phone calls or e-mails, you may want to send a certified letter advising them of the issue. Include a deadline for them to respond by. Follow up with a second letter if they still don't respond. If your landlord remains uncooperative you may wish to consult an attorney in Riverside, CA to discuss your options.


Your landlord's legal obligations depend on the laws in your Riverside, CA but most landlords will probably want to know about any issues with their property so that they can address mold cleanup. Notifying your landlord promptly whenever you discover mold or conditions that can lead to mold is usually the best course of action.

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