Mold Removal and Tenant Rights

Mold is always a concern in homes, but it is a growing concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won cases against landlords for health issues allegedly caused by exposure to mold. If you’re a renter and think you may have mold growing in your rental, learn the signs and when your landlord might be liable.

Mold Removal and Tenant Rights

Exposure to Mold: Health Signs

The biggest sign of mold exposure short of actually seeing the black or brown spots is health complications. Health issues that can indicate exposure to mold include:

  • Sneezing
  • Running or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache with light sensitivity
  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Shortness of breath

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your rental unit may have mold growing inside it. You should know and talk about mold removal and tenant rights with your landlord.

Tenant Rights and Landlord Responsibilities

When it comes to the treatment and removal of mold, landlord responsibilities have not been clearly spelled out in building codes, ordinances, statutes, or regulations. There is no federal law which sets permissible exposure limits for mold within a residential building. At the state level, however, a few states have moved toward setting standards, guidelines, and regulations for mold in indoor air quality. These states include: California, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas. To find more information about mold rules and regulations in your city and state, you can visit your state’s environmental protection or public health websites. However, even if your state doesn’t have specific mold laws, your landlord may still be liable in some cases. Landlords are required to maintain fit and habitable housing and to repair any damages in the rental property, mainly fixing leaky pipes, windows, and roofs – the main causes of mold growth. If your landlord doesn’t fix a leak and mold grows as a result, your landlord may be held responsible for any health issues caused.

For more information on mold and its effects on your health, please contact MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653.

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