Landlords can be liable for their tenants mold exposure. Symptoms of mold exposure can include headaches, rashes or hives, nausea, dizziness, asthma or allergic reactions, problems with blood pressure, and damage to the internal organs. State law varies about the degree of responsibility, but if the mold occurs as a result of failing a landlord’s duty to properly maintain the property, the landlord may be liable. The leases should have specific mold-related clauses regarding the presence of toxic molds and the liability of landlords vs. tenants.
A section on your lease regarding mold may look something like this
MOISTURE COLLECTION. Resident shall remove visible moisture accumulation on walls, windows, floors, ceilings, and bathroom fixtures; mop spills, dry affected area, use exhaust fans in kitchen and bathroom where provided; and keep climate and moisture at reasonable levels.
2. VENTILATION. Resident shall allow proper circulation of air throughout the unit.
3. NOTIFICATION. Resident shall promptly notify management if there is a leak, ventilation system leakage or failure, high humidity, or mold.
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