What do I do when I have Mold in my Apartment? Who is responsible, Landlord or Tenant?
Posted in Mold Removal, on August 13, 2015
Mold in rental apartments is a very common issue in today’s society. The main question everyone asks is “who is responsible for the cleanup?” Depending on the situation, it could be either the tenants or the landlord’s responsibility to deal with the cleanup. Often times, this issue is brought to the Landlord & Tenant Board and a file is started. Each member is able to bring forth their evidence and state their case at the hearing. In order to avoid this situation, ensure that a Tenancy Agreement has been signed and understand completely what each party is responsible for.
Here is a list of what may be considered the Tenants Responsibility:
- A water damage that was caused do to the tenants in which causes mold growth. For example, if the washing machine overflowed, or the toilet was clogged and overflowed.
- Mold growing due to cleaning issues. Ensure that you keep the property cleaned and get in all the creases and crevices (for example; window sills and blinds, bathroom tiles and grout)
- Make sure if the basement or bedrooms are damp to install a dehumidifier. With furniture pushed right up against the wall, it give mold the wet environment and lack of airflow to grow.
Here is a list of what may be considered the Landlord’s Responsibility:
- Any mold growth due to water damage from poor maintenance. For example, roof leaks, foundation cracks and leaks. Being the landlord, it is you’re responsible to ensure that the home is in good standings.
- Any mold growth due to plumbing issues. Ensure that your plumbing is up to standards to avoid any issues. One of the most common areas mold growth due to plumbing is from either the kitchen or bathroom. Check the bathroom tiles and caulking and ensure no water is seeping in behind which can lead to mold growth.
- Unexpected damages to property (storms)