Living in a MOLDY apartment!!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 4
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would definitely complain to the landlord. You shouldn’t have to be paying rent if your apartment sucks so much. 

Post # 5
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@trixiesrockets:  +1. Mold can cause a lot of health concerns. I am a landlord and trust me – I’d be scrambling to fix a mold problem ASAP.

Post # 6
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it depends on your state as to what you can do about it.  I lived in an apt that had a “flood” when in rained heavily and it never dried (one of my living room walls was soaked as well as the carpet around it).  The complex came in and attempted to dry the area, but it kept this damp musky smell.  This went on for about 3 months.  I ended up hiring a lawyer and recieved a refund on my rent from the complex, this was in CA.

Post # 7
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Agreed – mold is no joke, it makes you sick, destroys your stuff. You really should not even stay there no matter how much they fix if the apartment has a mold issue.

I also fail to see how in a rental, in an apartment how ALL of that is not their responsibility because it all should be. I’d take a look at your rental agreement.

Post # 8
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You’ll have to look up Kentucky laws, but you can probably withhold the rent in an escrow account and refuse to release it until the issues are fixed.  Mold is no joking matter, and is a serious issue you should not be living with.  

Post # 9
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

As a scientist who works with fungi, we use 10% bleach and 70% ethanol solutions to sterilize the laboratory. The dilution is important because it allows the mechanism of action to penetrate the entire cell.

As a renter though, there most likely is a law that requires your landlord to maintain a healthy environment. I would check your local laws and perhaps consult with a lawyer. I would get out a moldy apartment ASAP, there are some fungal infections that are so nasty they actually require chemotherapy to get rid of.

Post # 11
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’d double check your lease on maintenance of the property.

Mine says something about how if there is reasonable claim that I did destructive damage (i.e. flushing objects down the toilet, smashing the door with a hammer), I would pay for it.  If something dies because it’s old or there’s a natural disaster, landlord pays.

In general, unless the lease says something specific, the landlord is responsible for wear-and-tear damage.

So a lot of this will depend on why the AC is broken.

Since they seem to be pushing this back more and more, I’d lawyer up.  They might hope you pay for it yourself and them refuse to reimburse you.

I’d also move at the next available chance.

Post # 12
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would read over your lease and local laws.  If you can show them in writing that this type of repair is their responsibility that may speed things up.  It would show them that you’re educated on the topic and not going to let it go, they might fix it quickly just to avoid legal issues.




If they still push back it is likely time to contact a lawyer.


ETA:  It looks like you’re in Kentucky?  Here is a link to the state statutes.


Title XXXII Chapter 383 (Landlord & Tenants) says this “


landlord shall:




(b) Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the


premises in a fit and habitable condition;



(d) Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical,


plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and other


facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be


supplied by him”


Seems pretty clear that they need to get that AC in safe working order, and fix the mold as that is not a safe living condition as noted by PPs.


Post # 13
335 posts
Helper bee

If they don’t fix it for you and ACTUALLY get rid of the problem, I would call the Better Business Bureau and file a complaint. Also, do you have a local news station? Out in NC, we have something called “5 on your Side” and they investigate stuff like this and put the businesses on the map, for all the wrong reasons. If you have something similar, I would contact them and let them know what you’re going through.


Post # 14
229 posts
Helper bee

If none of your apartment managers or landlord gets on that SOON (like in the next two days), you might want to go to the health department or something. Mold is not a livable condition, it can make you really sick in a matter of hours. You’re going to need the AC fixed, everything dried out with those giant industrial fans, the carpets cleaned or replaced, and new drywall. I hope they get on it quick, or you may not be able to stay there much longer!

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