Mold Infestation In Rentals

Jul 28

Molds are just one of the newer things that renters should be considering when they are looking for a place to stay. Molds can cause a number of health risks and complications, and many tenants have won cases against landowners who they alleged were negligent is ensuring the safety of the unit, thus putting their health in danger.

Toxic molds are actually a family of molds that cove a number of colors and shapes – from black, green, grey, or white and appear either shiny or powdery. Toxic molds are often from the family of penicillium, stachybotrys, fusarium, paecilomyces, and aspergilus. The effects of toxic molds have caused controversial debate within the medical and scientific communities, yet there is no question on the health effects that tenants have suffered after being exposed to large amount of toxic mold.

Aside from some exceptions, the responsibilities of the landlords or property owners are not clearly included in state ordinances, building codes, statutes, or regulations. It is important for tenants to know the specific laws that cover them from toxic mold infestation. Presently, there are no federal laws that allow residential buildings to have acceptable exposure limits or building tolerance standards, while only a few states have established tolerable mold standards. Among them are California, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, and Indiana; cities such as New York and San Francisco have local laws that provide some guidelines for indoor air quality and permit tenants to file for personal injury claims under certain local laws.

Despite having a lack of state or federal laws that can protect you as a tenant from toxic mold, you can file an injury claim against the landowner regarding the mold problems. Landlords have the responsibility of maintaining the safety of the unit, this include fixing leaks and other places or situations that could lead to a mold growth. Likewise, some landowners include clauses that would relieve them of any responsibility that resulted from mold growth. Both the tenant and the landlord should be partners in their effort to prevent any growth of molds in the property in order to protect themselves from health risks or future property damage or injury claims.

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