Renting an Apartment with Mold for the Landlord

Renting an Apartment with Mold for the Landlord

  1. Inspect your rental before showing the property; if you have any concerns call a professional mold inspection company.  Have them certify that the property is mold free and safe.  This can save a lot of headaches later.
  2. Keep an unoccupied rental heated, ventilated and dry, in the summer run a dehumidifier or keep the AC on low to lower the humidity and circulate the air.  A hot, damp, dark apartment with stagnant air is prime real estate for mold to take hold and grow.
  3. Check the attic, basement, crawl space, closets, bathrooms, and kitchen where mold is most often found.  Look for leaks under all of the sinks; check the windows for excessive condensation.  Look at the appliances and the hot water heater.
  4. Have all mold removed or cleaned before showing the property to limit exposure to persons entering property.  Even if the mold growth is minor, once a potential tenant sees or suspects mold it could end the deal.
  5. Do not cover-up mold with paint, wallpaper or by other methods.  Mold has a way of seeping through the paint and if discovered you can be liable for any health concerns because you knowingly covered up a potential health risk.
  6. Concealed mold may result in added punitive legal and other damage awards along with full compensation for remediation and repairs.  Once the legal cat is let out of the bag your other tenants may jump on the bandwagon looking for a payday.
  7. Obtain a certification of a mold free habitation.  This is really easy to do, just hire a professional mold inspection company, and ask for a certificate.
  8. Check your insurance coverage you may or may not be covered for mold damage, but the time to find out is before there is a potential claim.
  9. Document the mold damage.  Keep records of everything, and hire a reputable mold inspection company to do clearance testing after the mold situation has been resolved.
  10. Document the remediation, abatement and associated repairs.  Hire a professional mold remediation company to do the mold remediation.  They will do it properly, give you all the documentation you need, and a warranty that the job was done correctly.
  11. Do not rent mold infested property to tenants – considerable liability may result.  There has already been dozens of lawsuits and it is just not worth the trouble.
  12. Include in the rental agreement that it is the duty of the renter to notify of any water leaks or damage that may result in mold growth.  This will protect you if after eight months they decide that their allergies are your fault.
  13. It is a violation of health and building code to knowingly rent a health impairing property.  Have an inspection performed by  a professional mold inspection company, at the slightest chance there might be a mold problem.  This will show that you are a good landlord and will make for happy tenants.
2016-11-14T13:14:56+00:00 August 9th, 2012|Blog|
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