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What To Do When You Find Mold in Your Rental Unit

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Girl with hand on her head looking at mold in the top of the corner of a wall Mold damage in Edit, CO

What To Do When You Find Mold in Your Rental Unit

As a tenant, it is sometimes challenging to understand your rights and responsibilities, especially as it pertains to mold growth. While a tenant can be responsible for mold damage, most often, the issue stems from a plumbing problem, which is usually the responsibility of the landlord, meaning they should pay for the mold cleanup. However, you are not without responsibility when it comes to damage and notification. If you find mold, make sure you adhere to the following four steps.

  1. Look for water damage
  2. Mitigate further loss
  3. Notify your landlord
  4. Seek legal action

Look for Water Damage
Mold spores are everywhere, and you can not eliminate them. Fortunately, most spores never develop into colonies unless they have access to a water source. If you find mold in your rental unit, there is likely water damage somewhere close. Be sure to shut off any nearby water valve until a removal service has time to inspect the property.

Mitigate Further Loss
While you are not responsible for the mold cleanup, you will need to mitigate the further loss of your property. If you knowingly leave your property in a moldy area, then the landlord cannot be held liable for damages. Make sure you remove your items from the affected area, and that you do what you can to mitigate further loss.

Notify Your Landlord
Likely, a landlord did not know of the mold contamination, which means they need notification. When telling the landlord, make a record of your interactions through letters, texts, or email. The landlord should hire a mold remediation company in Edit, CO, to inspect and clean the property.

Seek Legal Action
If your landlord refuses to acknowledge a problem, you may need to take legal action. Make sure to discuss your options with an attorney, providing any proof of communications.
Most tenants are not responsible for mold cleanup, but they are responsible for notifying the landlord of the issue. If your landlord doesn't take appropriate action by hiring a mold removal company, then you have a right to sue.

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