When A Renter Discovers Mold In Your Property
Being a landlord isn’t as easy as it sounds, right? There are so many things to think about when you rent properties to tenants. Even leasing one apartment, home or office space to someone can lead to a world of headaches for you as the owner. From water damage to electrical issues and everything else imaginable from the lower level to the attic, there are hundreds of potential problems that can develop in a landlord-tenant relationship. One of the worst scenarios you can probably think of is when a renter discovers mold in your property. What should you do? Here are some thoughts about how to handle this important situation as you try to take care of your tenants while not bankrupting yourself in the process.
- HOW BAD IS THE MOLD?
Not every mildew spot is toxic. There are many thousands of species of mold spores, and they range from the harmless kind to the notorious black mold strains (and just because it’s black in color doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “black mold”). That’s why a great first step is to have a mold remediation specialist who is certified by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) to come to your property and perform a thorough mold inspection and mold testing service. (Here at AdvantaClean, we’ve been doing this for over 25 years, so give us a shout if we can be of service to you today!) Once you know exactly what you’re dealing with, then it can be easier to know how to move forward with mold removal services and figuring out who should bear the financial burden of fixing the problem.
- DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE MOLD?
Was the mold developing when you rented the property to the tenant? If so, then we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re probably going to end up having to fix the problem. Consult your attorney for clarification based on your state and local laws, but generally speaking if you lease a property to a tenant where you knew about a mold-related issue, then it’s going to be your responsibility to remedy the mold. Leaving aside the legalities, there’s a simple moral consideration here: would you want to move into a place where someone knew about a potential mold issue but didn’t disclose it to you? We believe landlords who live by the “Golden Rule” will do better in the long run.
- DID THE TENANT CAUSE THE MOLD?
If you can prove that the mold issue wasn’t there when the lease was signed, then you’ve got a much better case for holding the tenant liable for bearing responsibility for the charges. For this reason, we recommend doing a thorough walk-through before you lease any properties and taking pictures of every space, even the ones that are perfectly fine. That way you’re covering all your bases against a tenant who might be crying wolf about an issue that they caused but don’t want to pay to fix. Of course, the tenant may decide to get a lawyer and sue you over the issue, so you may find yourself in a situation where you’re facing a decision about whether to fight a lengthy, costly legal battle or to simply work with the renter to find a solution that’s agreeable to both sides. Maybe there’s a middle ground where you can preserve your relationship by sharing the costs of the mold remediation – obviously, you don’t want to have to pay to fix a mold issue that you didn’t cause, but you also don’t want to bankrupt yourself and risk ruining your reputation if the tenant decides to make a public stink about the private issue. Again, we advise you to seek legal counsel if you’re facing any uncertainty about what’s required of landlords and tenants in your state.
- WHERE CAN YOU TURN FOR FURTHER ADVICE AND FOR MOLD REMOVAL?
Your locally-owned and operated AdvantaClean franchise is filled with professional mold remediation technicians who know how to make mold removal happen right away. We’ve got the most advanced mold inspection and mold testing equipment available to find every moldy spot and the highest quality HEPA-filtered suction systems to make it disappear from your property. Best of all, we’re competitively priced and we guarantee your complete satisfaction with our work. Help is only a call or click away, so reach out to the closest AdvantaClean location near you. We’re passionate about taking care of our neighbors and giving you the finest mold services available in America. Since 1994, AdvantaClean has been the name to trust for every moisture control issue. Remember: it’s not clean until it’s AdvantaClean!
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