A single mother was able to recover $1,600 from her landlord after she discovered a mold infestation in her apartment.
In this issue, we’ll talk about what happened in her case and share information about rights of renters when it comes to mold.
THE CASE AT A GLANCE
The single mother, who works at a convenience store, can’t afford much but jumped at the opportunity to rent an apartment in her price range. After paying her landlord $1,800 in cash, she moved in.
During a walk-through of the apartment, the property manager agreed to correct several issues and even allowed her to use a couple of basement rooms at no extra cost.
After a rain storm, however, the mother found black mold and knew it was going to be a problem for her daughter, who suffered from asthma problems.
Unfortunately, the property manager only offered to cut the mold area and repaint the apartment.
When the local health department got involved, they deemed the apartment uninhabitable because of mold throughout the unit and defective electrical wiring. They also ordered her to immediately leave for her own safety.
The property manager eventually returned $1,600 of her payment.
WHAT CALIFORNIA LAW SAYS ABOUT LANDLORDS AND MOLD
While landlords are not required to conduct ongoing tests to see if the presence of mold surpasses permissible limits, they must give full written disclosure to prospective tenants if mold is or is suspected to be in the building.
CAN THE LANDLORD BE HELD LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE?
Liabilities of the landlord are limited to things which are under their control. Good examples are the structure of the property, fixtures and other permanent components of the property.
The bottom line is that the landlord can indeed be held liable for a mold-related illness if the violation of the building code is ruled as the source of the illness.
Some good examples of this include:
REMEDIES FOR TENANTS
If you’re not satisfied with the actions or response from your landlord as it relates to mold in the house, you do have a host of options under California law. As a tenant, you have the right to:
THE PROS AT J&M KEYSTONE, INC. CAN CHECK & TREAT YOUR HOME FOR MOLD
Did you know that mold growth can begin in your home in just 72 hours after water or moisture has found its way into your home?
While you can certainly take steps to make your home less likely to experience mold growth, it’s in your best interest to have a professional mold remediation specialist – like J&M Keystone, Inc. – to make sure all mold patches are treated.
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