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Renting..

Hi i have a few questions..first whose responsible for mold? The renter or landlord..i am a mother of 3 n pregnant with our 4th a month ago we got rain for 2 days it got in our basement which wd were using as a bedroom bc it was a "finished" basement well the rain got in n got the carpet wet like soaking wet got some clothes n shoes moldy we called the landlord and they said its our fault bc we should have put the vents on that werent on when we moved in. Also the central air was supposed to be in working order it got up in the 90's 2 months ago so we went to turn it on..didnt work called the landlord n she said oh yeah it doesnt work we will get someone over to fix it..that was 2.months ago. When we moved in they told us everything was in working order n move in ready. If everything was in working move in ready condition why is it our fault for the mold. The vents should have been on we shouldnt be sweating in our own home thatz supposed to have central Ir working..what would u do if u were in my situation?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:53 PM on Jul. 22, 2013 in Health

Answers (11)
  • What does your lease say?
    And is your area governed by an agency which monitors rentals?
    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 2:08 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • It depends on your state and your lease agreement.
    Call 211. There is a government agency for the handling or rental property in your area. Calling that number or looking in your phone book would get you to the right agency. Make a formal complaint and ask them to come out and see the problems.
    You of course can take them to court but having this agency stand as proof is very good for your case. Having this agency involved may also shake these people off their chairs. Be warned they may also decide not to renew your lease.

    In the end it is their responsibility but you have to mitigate the damages as well.
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 2:12 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • We can barely read our lease bc yhey must of been running out of ink. We asked for a nnew one so it was better to read but never got one..we have cleaned the mold at least 2 times it comes back each time..the landlord has come to take a look at it and said well carpet clean it n see if that goes away then. I doubt carpet cleaning a still damp moldy carpet is going to fix it.
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 2:31 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • Sense the landlord did not do what was supose to be done. It is their fault for everything. Water, mold and AC.
    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 2:33 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • Most of the time they are responsible for air conditiong and would be responsible for cleaning up the flooded basement, but not the clothes that were ruined, check into renter's insurance that would cover damage to belongings. I think you need to call everyday until the AC is fixed, they sound like they need to install a sump pump in the basement.
    2kids2dogs2cats

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 2:47 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • I am still flabbergasted for seeing that you signed and lease you could not read.
    Call the agency or a lawyer. Have a lawyer have his paralegal write a letter to the landlord demand action with in X amount of days and a legible copy of the lease or the lawyer will file suit against the landlord on your behalf. Yes that means you will pay the lawyer. The letter which will cost less hopefully will causeaction to be taken.
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 3:03 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • here's a shot in the dark... tell the landlord if they don't help get all this stuff fixed you are going to call the board of health about the mold and as a result the house could be deemed unfit for human inhabitants... then there goes their income!!
    Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 3:22 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • Why did you sign a lease you couldn't read?

    As far as the mold, that depends. If it's from a leak or something like that, it's the landlord's responsibility. If you contributed to it, say by leaving a window open when it's pouring rain, then you could be held responsible. Did you agree to put up these vents you're talking about? If you agreed to that, and especially if it's in your lease (which since you can't read it, who knows what's in there or not in there?), you might be held at least partially responsible for the mold. And btw, carpet cleaning *might* help. It depends on how bad the mold is and how well you clean it.

    The a/c is their responsibility and I would start calling them at least once a week, and probably more like once a day, until they take care of it.
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 3:33 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • Mold is a health violation and the landlords are stupid not to address it. The whole will be condemned if it's not addressed. Call your health department and tell them.
    Nimue930

    Answer by Nimue930 at 3:33 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

  • How much longer do you have on your lease? Personally, I'd be looking for someplace else to go while trying to address the problem with the landlord and the health department. Mold is nothing to mess with; you can have lifelong problems if you get sick from it.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 4:29 PM on Jul. 22, 2013

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