Q My asthma is worse because of mold in my apartment. Can I sue my landlord or is mold removal my responsibility?
The dirty truth is that every home contains some type of mold. Whether it’s in the caulk of your bathtub, the corners of your laundry room, or the walls of your kitchen, it’s there and you may not even know about it.
Most people are aware of the potential health hazards that living around and breathing in the bacteria produced by mold can cause, including respiratory issues, headaches, and nausea. That said, it’s pretty safe to say that no one wants to live around it and sometimes, you just can’t help it, like when you are a tenant and your landlord doesn’t take care of the property. And although landlords are often responsible for mold intrusion, they can’t always take the blame.
Is Your Mold Build-Up Your Fault?
If you or your children are suffering from the health effects of exposure to mold, you may be able to take legal action against your landlord. However, if you are to blame for your mold problem, you will not have a claim. You’ll have to speak with an attorney to determine who is at fault and if there’s anything you can do about it. Instances when tenants are typically to blame for mold growth include:
- Not cleaning up after yourself. Allowing liquid to spill and not cleaning it up could lead to the presence of mold under your floors and behind your walls.
- Not keeping your apartment closed. It’s ok to open your windows on hot days, but when you fail to shut your door or close the windows for long periods of time, especially when it’s raining or particularly humid out, you may be held responsible for mold growth because of it.
- Creating moist conditions. Taking hot showers and not using an exhaust fan can create conditions in your bathroom that are ideal for mold growth. Additionally, you may create humidity by cooking and, if you don’t use the proper ventilation, mold can form.
Don’t Give Up Until You Contact a Lawyer
Don’t assume that you are responsible for the mold growth in your rental property. If you have done your best to maintain a clean environment and mold continues to plague you, your landlord’s negligence may play a role. The Morton Law Offices may be able to help you receive compensation for sickness related to mold in your home. Contact us today to learn how.