(Closed) House Catastrophe- Pipes Busting, Black Mold, and Gas Leaks, Oh My!

posted 9 years ago in Home
  • poll: How Would You Deal With This Situation?
    Move- its too complicated to figure everything out : (36 votes)
    90 %
    Renegotiate the lease- we didn't sign on for these kind of expenses : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Just Deal with the Results- suck it up and deal with it til June : (0 votes)
    Other- ?? : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    2201 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    1207 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    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
    826 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    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
    987 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    That mold is a dealbraker- move, as soon as you can.  You never know, you might find something you like even better!

    Post # 8
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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
    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • 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
    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    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
    340 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    166 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Not sure what the law is in WI, but in CA, if a rental is not livable you can break your lease.

    Post # 14
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    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
    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    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
    967 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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!

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