(Closed) MOLD, advice? (It's a little long, sorry)

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Post # 3
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8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@beecurse:  I don’t think it’s safe for you to be there.  In most states, when a residence is deemed uninhabitable, you should be able to get out of your lease fairly easily (landlord has to maintain a livable place).  This actually happened to me in an apt I was living in, I developed severe athsma and had to be hospitalized.  We ended up sueing the complex because it had apparently been a known problem, but it was never fixed (tenants before us moved for the same reason).

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you should start by nicely letting them know that you expect them to let you out of the lease since the problem is causing you medical problems and that you can provide the documentation if they need to.

Dear so and so,

I wanted to let you know ASAP because you have always been quick to respond to our repairs. There is a considerable mold problem that has cause X and I medical problems as has been confirmed by our doctor. Because I am sure you wold not want us to further put our health at risk and you want to get this mold problem fixed for the next tenant we are asking that you break our lease so that we can move into a safe location and get back to our healthy selves.

I have attached some pictures for you to see what we are talking about, but I am sure you will have a professional inspector come in to confirm anyway.

Can you leave any documents we need to sign in our mailbox and we will return them as soon as we can.  

Often if you let people know how great they are and what you think they would do, they willdo it. Its a jedi-mind trick Tongue Out

Start with that and then see what they say. They maybe more reasonable than you think.

Only if they give you problems with that would I worry about what is legal or not, etc. Often the best way to get what you want is to be nice, compliment and assume what you want is reality.

Post # 7
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1011 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@beecurse:

+1 on what @ThreeMeers:  said. You definitely need to get out of there, and you should be able to look up tenant rights depending on your location. Does your lease agreement have anything in it that might tell you? Getting a free consultation with an attorney isn’t a bad idea, provided the complex refuses to let you out peacefully. If you want to live there, I would see if it were possible to have the complex either move you to a newer, mold-free unit, or help cover the cost of having to stay elsewhere til the mold is gone. Good luck!

Post # 8
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357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

You can’t be expected to stay there.  If you have another place to go, I’m going to guess you can get the landlord to move you to another unit or break the lease while the abatement goes on.  If not, they have to put you up in acceptable accommodations, like an extended stay business hotel, at their expense, until the mold is gone.

Post # 10
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2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@beecurse:  Seriously, before you get it tested and get into the legal process I would call up your management and tell them what you found and tell them you would like for them to pay for other accomodations for you while THEY test the mold and you find a new place to live because your doctor has confirmed your health issues are because of the mold.

You could save yourself a lot of time and aggravation if you find they are very willing to work with you.

When work has to be done that disrupts a resident its the landlords job to pay for their housing. 

Post # 11
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@beecurse:  Get out ASAP. Don’t stay the night there. Black mold can get into your lungs & cause very serious problems & could even kill you. Please leave tonight. & if you have any pets, get them out ASAP & get them checked out by your vet. 

If you’ve paid your rent this month, you should get it back (or they should move you to another one of their apartments), also anything you throw out, document. They should cover that. They should also cover your hospital bills too.  I’m not sure if they legally have to, but I would demand that.

ETA: Contact your landlord first, not a lawyer or the health department. Like, call him right now!

Post # 13
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@beecurse:  Definitely get out of there. Mold is not something to take lightly. Depending on your state and your contract your landlord or your rental insurance might be on the hook for providing you with a comparable place to live in the interim.

Post # 14
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268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Please get out of there. There was terrible black mold in my classroom that caused me to be sick for months, and to have horrible migraines. (The school took months to fix it) Please leave as soon as you can. It isn’t healthy to be there.

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