(Closed) Our old apartment had mold in it and our landlord went postal…what can I do?!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Honestly, I would get in contact with a lawyer. At least meet with one that does free consultations and see what your rights are.

Mold can kill people.  it’s not something to mess around with.  

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

What she’s doing is illegal. She must deal with the mold problem. You upheld your end of the elase by alterting her to the mold problem. Mold is a serious issue and it’s required that all leases have a mold statement. I would seek legal counsel, honestly. If you are a student, you should have services through your university or college. If you belong to a union, you probably have legal services through the union. If not, then for a porblem like this, you will probably be able to retain counsel for no cost to you since the landlord is in clear violation. The lawyer will seek payment of his/her services from the landlord.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Oh, and call the local health department and report the mold. That will ensure no one else can move in and back up your claims as well.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

http://answers.usa.gov/system/selfservice.controller?CONFIGURATION=1000&PARTITION_ID=1&CMD=VIEW_ARTICLE&USERTYPE=1&LANGUAGE=en&COUNTRY=US&ARTICLE_ID=13127

Reporting Mold Problems in a Rental
If you are renting a home, apartment, office, or other building and have mold concerns:

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Let me state IM NOT A LAWYER!!! But I believe she is correct, you have to give her time to fix the problem. You need to document it before you move, but since you didn’t I believe she can keep the whole deposit because you technically broke the lease.  That being said, I’m not saying shes a nice person!,

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@BeignetBride:  I would still speak with an attorney about it before you write off your deposit. Most good attorneys will give you a consultation at no charge & once they hear your case they may even feel confident about their abilities to win the case & not charge you for their time/costs but rather bill it to the losing party at the end of the case. 

I would also hate for some unsuspecting person to end up in the same position as you just becuase you become yet another one of her ‘victims’ as it sounds like she’s gotten away with this before & no-one took an effort to check her. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BeckyS0:  I totally agree.

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