Post # 1
The house we rent seems to be falling apart around us. We’ve had mounting pluming problems for a month (the toilet and the shower/tub). A few hours ago pipes burst in the basement (flooding part of it) and in/under the front porch- flooding the front yard and driveway with all the hot water in the house. My downstairs neighbor and I turned the water off. Then we smelled gas and turned that off too. We’ll soon have a cold, hot waterless house. Ugh. THEN we find out that our downstairs neighbors are moving in 2 weeks because their whole apartment is covered in Black Mold. Its so bad its started growing on their clothes and furniture. Ick. There is also mold in the basement.
Our worries- without downstairs neighbors (and no possibility of new ones) our heating bill is going to skyrocket (last month they were gone 2 weeks and our heating bill doubled), I am super worried that the black mold will creep into our apartment, and with mold in the basement we could be carrying it into our apartment on us and our clothes (and the stuff we store down there). A lot of our wedding stuff is stored down there!
So what to do? Move? Not Say anything? Renegotiate the lease due to skyrocketing bills and hope the mold doesn’t creep in? Besides these problems, we LOVE our apartment and would hate to move.
Post # 3
I vote move – black mold is a serious health risk. Even if your landlord starts to fix the problems (how did they ever get this bad?!?) it will probably take a long time to get the place livable.
Post # 4
Honestly, I would MOVE. Some molds (I don’t know what kinds exactly) can present huge health risks – is it worth risking your health to avoid the annoyance of moving?
Have you spoken to your landlord about these specific issues? They sound really serious, and I can’t imagine the landlord just letting them go (especially pipes as that will likely cost him more in the long run in extensive re-pluming than simply fixing them now) unless he is a slumlord.
Does your state have any sort of “landlord/tenant” bill of rights?
Post # 5
MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!!! It will be easy to break the lease since there is a) a huge health risk with the mold, b) no hot-water, and c) no heat. Have you contacted your landlord about any of these problems? If he/she hasn’t been timely in the past about fixing things, then they aren’t likely to be timely now. I would get out ASAP and find a new place to live. Sorry you are going through this!
Post # 6
You really ought to move, it’s very dangerous to live around mold of that type. Plus, as the tenant you shouldn’t be responsible for fixing these problems unless it’s specifically stated in your lease that you are.
Check out the tenant’s rights for your state, I bet the law is on your side and you should be able to break your lease and move out with no repercussions.
Post # 7
That mold is a dealbraker- move, as soon as you can. You never know, you might find something you like even better!
Post # 8
Omg, that seriously freaks me out. Is the landlord doing anything about the mold situation? It is a health risk for them to just leave it there to grow. I would talk to the landlord and tell them that you are possibly going to hire a lawyer to deal with the situation. You might end up needing a lawyer in order to break the lease anyway.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle
I’d move, if the mold is that bad in the lower levels… it’s likely in your apartment too, just not as noticeable. Seriously, it sounds like way less hassle to just move than deal with all of this. These kinds of problems mean that your landlord hasn’t cared to properly maintain his property. And your heating bill shouldn’t go up because the other tenants leave, that means the meters may not be properly separated. In an old apartment, I was unknowingly paying my downstairs neighbor’s heating bill for a couple months til we figured out the problem.
Post # 10
Unless the landlord is willing to fix all of the above issues, i say move. The mold issue def needs to be brought up…like everyone said…certain types of molds can make you extremely sick. Does the landlord own both upstairs and downstairs apartments? You said that you share the bill so i was just wondering…you should not have to pay the entire bill youself because the landlord hasnt rented out the apartment…the landlord should be paying half of that bill until there are new tenants I think…
Post # 11
MOVE!! Mold needs to be remediated by professionals – it is very expensive to get rid of and is a serious health risk while prevalent. http://moldtestkit.com/blackmold.html
Post # 12
You need to get your rental agents to resolve the problem with the black mold – this is what they are for. In regards to the heating bill, your downstairs neighbours probably would have had to give a 1 month notice, so I’m sure your agents will fill the below apartment soon. Perhaps give them a call and ask if they expect to fill the apartment…?
Post # 13
Not sure what the law is in WI, but in CA, if a rental is not livable you can break your lease.
Post # 14
Yikes! Black mold is bad news. It’s probably going to be easier to move than to force the landlord to adequately address the problem.
Post # 15
I think you need to tell the landlord ASAP about the problems with the mold. My only concern is that if the mold is that bad that the lower tennants are moving- they must have told the landlord already. If the landlord isn’t going to fix these issues I’d suggest going to your cities Rental Tribunal. You have the right to a safe living environment. You should even be able to get some of your rent back for the time you had to live without water & gas.
For real- this is crazy. Definitely file a complaint with the city first & find out what your rights are. Then get out. The owner obviously doesn’t care about their home.
Post # 16
I kno exactly how you feel!! I just moved out of an apartment that I loved. Huge city loft with views of the Hollywood Hills, spacious kitchen, dining room.. BUT… fiance and I had nothing but problems in that apartment. It was almost like it was cursed. Everything broke, and the owners didn’t give a crap. We went without water for several weekends because they wouldn’t fix the pipes. Then the A/C unit busted and flooded our upstairs. Then, the balcony started crumbling.. .Stuff just kept happening! We finally left and are now in a place we love. I know it will be tough but the mold is a health risk. You need a place that’s safe and comfortable and not riddled with problems. Sending you good thoughts and good moving vibes!