Mold experts say mold can grow just about anywhere and it can affect your health if left untreated. If you see mold in a space that you rent, you might wonder, whose responsibility is it?
According to the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, it's up to your landlord.
The Act states as part of the Landlord Obligations:
§ 55-248.13. Landlord to maintain fit premises
"The landlord shall: Maintain the premises in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold, and to promptly respond to any notices from a tenant as provided..."
Yet, local mold inspectors with Winchester Environmental Consultants say the tenant needs to do their part to prevent mold growth.
"If for example you're running your shower constantly and putting the shower head over the drywall where there's no tile or anything everyday and getting the floor all wet, it may be unlikely that you'll have any legal recourse against your landlord. Because you weren't operating the apartment in a clean and consistent manner," said James Sigurdson.
Sigurdson says it's important to keep in mind that if you're a tenant and see mold or smell something unusual, it's your responsibility to tell your landlord immediately.
The Landlord and Tenant Act has a lot of important information concerning mold and finding it in a space you rent. Click here for a direct link to the PDF.
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