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Holding Your Landlord Accountable for Toxigenic Mold

What lurks behind walls, hides between ceilings and floors, and spends time in the corners and dark places of your basement and attics? No, not the boogie man, but it’s just as frightening and potentially dangerous. The answer is mold. This moisture-loving fungus comes in a variety of forms, shapes, sizes, colors, and smells, and can be quite detrimental to your health.

Toxigenic mold is mold that produces toxins which can cause many different health problems to those who are exposed and living with the dangerous substance.  Rashes, chronic headaches, nausea, fatigue, cognitive losses, asthma, and hemorrhaging are just a few of the conditions that can occur from breathing in or touching the mold or its spores.

When Your Landlord is to Blame for Mold in Your Home

If you’ve experienced any health conditions because of mold in your home, you may be able to hold your landlord negligent for not providing you with a safe place to live if either of the following conditions is true:

  • You moved in and mold was present. Although most mold isn’t harmful, some is dangerously hazardous. Mold and mildew that grow in your shower isn’t usually dangerous, but toxic mold that grows behind your walls or other areas could cause health problems. If your landlord was aware of the mold and allowed you to move in without disclosing this information, he may be held liable for costs related to your health.
  • Failure to fix problems led to mold. If a pipe in your apartment burst and your landlord allows it to leak without fixing it in a timely manner, dangerous mold can grow. If you alerted him and he failed to fix it in a timely manner and mold grew because of it, you may have a case against him for premises liability.

When You Want to Take Action

Although Idaho doesn’t have a specific law that allows you to sue your landlord because of mold exposure, you may still be able to get the compensation you deserve that can pay for medical bills and time lost from work. The Morton Law Offices can help you find out.