For Landlords, TENANTS, Homeowners, and buyers and sellers of real estate and what happens when assessors/remediators do BAD work
Mold, or fungi, exists all around us, both inside our buildings and outside. We are currently aware of more than 100,000 species of mold. There are more than one-thousand species of mold that are commonly seen in the United States. The most commonly detected mold species are Penicillium, Aspergillus, Stachybotrys and Cladosporium and these can have varying effects on the body. To learn more about Mold please visit our other pages: Mold Facts | Mold Symptoms | Mold & Your Health.
Mold and Landlords
Leasing or renting your properties out is an investment and moldy conditions in those properties can be a huge financial and legal burden that can ruin your investment if they are not rectified. Generally, landlords of residential dwellings have an ethical and legal duty to provide habitable and safe environments to their tenants. This may include maintaining an environment that is free from mold and its health implications. If not, your tenants may become ill and could have grounds to withhold rent, move, and even litigate for monetary damages related to any injuries. By not remedying a mold condition on your property, you may be exposing yourself to litigation and unneeded liability by your tenants. Our attorneys provide experienced counseling and advice for handling delicate situations with tenants involving mold claims and can also help mitigate any existing problems.
Mold and Tenants renting a property
If you are a tenant renting or leasing a property that is experiencing an abnormal mold condition, you may be entitled to terminate your lease, withhold rent to rectify the situation, or even sue to recover damages resulting from injuries of these conditions. Landlords generally have a duty to provide a habitable environment free from toxic dangers such as mold. Our attorneys have experience in getting landlords to cooperate with your demands when Mold is present and can help you recover what you are owed.
Mold and Homeowners
If you are a Homeowner with a moldy home or extensive water damage that caused the moldy conditions, your homeowners insurance made provide coverage for such a claim. Our attorneys can help by reviewing your insurance policy and ensuring you get what is owed by your insurance policy.
If you are in a community governed by a Homeowners Association or Condominium board, these governing bodies are more commonly having rules or bylaws in place to deal with moldy conditions. Especially in units that share common walls or areas, mold spores can travel throughout a building environment and affect other units. Our attorneys can help guide you through the process dealing with these associations to help protect you and keep you free from liability and possible fines and assessments by your association.
Mold and Buyers and Sellers of Real Estate
If you are considering buying or selling real estate, moldy conditions can have profound effects on the transaction. If you are a seller of real estate that knows of moldy conditions, you cannot conceal or try to hide these conditions and must inform the buyer of the property. Discovery of mold conditions and water damage can greatly affect the sellability and purchase price of the property. If you find yourself in a situation where a Buyer is litigating for issues similar to these, our attorneys can help mitigate and resolve this.
If you are considering purchasing real estate, it is highly recommended you hire a Certified Mold inspector to assess the property before a transaction is completed to avoid any pitfalls later on which may result from mold. If you have already completed a sale and the seller took steps to conceal moldy conditions or water damage, you may be able to recover your costs and damages. Our attorneys can help.
What if you hired a Mold Inspector OR Mold Remediation Company that did poor or unsatisfactory work?
If your home or property was experiencing abnormal mold conditions and you hired individuals and/or companies to rectify this, but you feel the work was not done correctly, or you are still experiencing the problems that should have been resolved, you may be entitled to recovery of any fees paid and damages to resolve this. Mold Inspectors and Mold Remediation companies should be certified and should follow industry guidelines when assessing and remediating a moldy environment. In the state of Florida, especially, both Mold Assessors and Remediators must be licensed and certified by the state. If you are the victim of shoddy or poor work, do not hesitate and call Zachary Sloan & Associates and let us get you what is owed. Zachary knows the industry guidelines and the necessary steps required to properly assess and remediate a moldy environment. Call 561-327-4218.