Post # 1
So this morning I found mold all up behind the walls of my rental. I showed Fiance, of course.
He is insisting we don’t make a fuss with the landlords yet because we have no where to go, and he wants to try and buy a house.
I’m allergic to mold, it’s also been giving me headaches, and I’m NOT ok with living with it.
Seriously how can I get him to stop being a prick about it?
Post # 3
Um…your Fiance needs to grow a pair. Sorry, but it concerns me that this is not a pressing concern to him. This is your health! Anyway, you need to let the landlords know asap.
Post # 4
Landlords don’t evict people for noticing their homes need repair.
If there’s mold in the walls, it needs to be cleaned out, bleached, and the source of humidity that allowed the mold growth must be discovered and removed. It does not need to be as dramatic as people think. I had a friend who had mold in his walls; he moved out for a couple days, workers came, took down the drywall, replaced one section of insulation, and put it up again. The leak could be from air conditioner condensation, or be a small leak in the pipes. It could turn into a much worse problem, so landlords would want to know about it as early as possible. You may not have to leave your house for the repair, BUT if you do, the landlord should pay for the hotel stay, I think. Can’t hurt to ask!
Post # 5
@Cady: +1 What is wrong with telling the landlord? It isn’t an insult. And dealing with that is part of their job- they won’t be pissy about it. Tell the landlord, as to have it treated, and live make your home (temporary though it may be) a place that won’t be poisoning you. Allergies or not, mold can seriously affect your health!
Your boyfriend is being a baby!
Post # 6
If you want your Fiance to agree to tell your landlord, I think you should tell the landlord based on the fact that if there is a mold, there probably a leaking somewhere inside the building. You can just tell the landlord that you find mold on the building and you are worried that it will affect the building structure later and he/she will need to pay a lot due to it, apart of you requesting the mold to be cleaned up.
The water from leaking will affect structural integrity and will cost a LOT if it is not taken care of as soon as possible. If I were the landlord, I would want to be informed because otherwise it’ll cost me much more than just to clean the mold and fixing the building.
Post # 7
I think I figured out what is leaking to cause the mold, it’s inside my wall behind my kitchen cabinets so fixing it is going to be a task. I went ahead and contacted the appropriate person anyways and left a message, I am going to try and set up a non-invasive time for us to stay elsewhere while the work is done (with my allergy to the mold, I don’t want to even risk being here while they are ripping it up and fixing it). I know it’s going to require replacing drywall and insulation (my dad is a contractor, I had him take a look at it and he assured me the drywall and insulation, if not some of the wood studs, would need replaced due to mold/water damage). Fiance is just going to have to deal I guess. I had to take my pets out of the house so that I could try and air the area out some and I didn’t want to risk the animals eating any drywall pieces or getting into mold or anything like that (safety precaution for my babies lol).
Post # 8
umm yeah you need to say something! If your Fiance doesn’t want to then you go say something!
Post # 9
I would say something, but guess what is going to happen? When you move out landlords make any excuse to keep your security deposit, and they will def keep it for this. You need to tell them asap. Your health is very important, and this is not good to breath that in.
A landlord isn’t going to punish you for calling them for a repair. They will, however, if you leave it for your final walkthrough when you move out one day. Get it taken care of.
Post # 10
I just moved into a rental townhouse, and my lease specifically says that we MUST notify the landlord immediately if we find any mold in the house, because they want to remove it ASAP. If we don’t notify them right away, we can be held responsible for the costs of removing it when we move out… You don’t have to make a big fuss, just notify them. They are the ones that own the property, and may want to take care of the problem rather than let it ruin the walls or foundation. If they don’t do anything, that’s where the fussing can begin… just my opinion.