Mold is a serious problem and can cause severe health issues in many people. When you lease a property for your home or business, you have certain legal rights regarding the condition of the property. Landlords are responsible for keeping the premises fit for human habitation for the duration of the lease. If you have a problem with mold in a property that you are leasing, contact the landlord as soon as possible.
Conditions that result in mold
Mold needs three things to grow: Moisture, food, and proper temperature. Moisture can exist in the air due to a leaky roof or inadequate ventilation. It can also come from plumbing leaks, standing water in a crawlspace, a damp basement, or poor drainage allowing water to enter the building.
These issues alone can cost a lot of money to fix. However, our NYC mold removal method is not expensive, and properly addressing these problems is less costly for the landlord than ignoring the matter and ultimately being required to pay for legal fees, mold inspection, replacing damaged personal property, medical expenses, and emotional distress.
If you have to sue your landlord
Ideally, your landlord values you as a tenant and will make every effort to maintain a good relationship with you. Do your part to keep good will in this legal relationship, if that’s possible.
Landlord responsibilities regarding mold aren’t always clear. There are no federal standards for permissible exposure limits in buildings and you may have to pay for a professional inspection and air quality test to prove a health risk exists. Consult an attorney and contact the mold experts at Stern for NYC mold removal.