Dealing With Mold in a Rental Home
We understand that many of us in the greater Boston area don’t actually own our own homes. In fact, according to statistics, 12.5% of the Massachusetts population pays rent — the majority of which live in Boston. But what happens when you have a mold problem with your rental home?
How to Avoid a Moldy Apartment
For starters, if you’re looking to move into a new rental place, always be sure to check it out beforehand. Many renters won’t even see the place and will simply fork over the cash needed to secure the spot. We understand the housing situation is competitive, but do you and your health a favor by checking out the place before writing the check. If you are from out of state, perhaps have a friend or family member who lives in the area check it out for you. Don’t be afraid to ask the landlord for more detailed photographs either.
Can You Break a Lease if There’s Mold?
Always make sure to read you lease agreement first. Ask your landlord questions regarding how quickly they are to respond to issues, what issues they will cover themselves, and whether or not they call in a “handyman” or a professional mold removal company.
If you find household mold anywhere in the home and you’ve already started living there or have at least paid a security deposit, be sure to write your landlord a letter stating that there is a mold problem and that you need the issue corrected within 7 days. You can choose to withhold rent as a means to make sure your landlord gets back to you in a prompt manner, but be sure to make it clear in writing that you will not be paying rent until the problem is resolved.
One of the first things you should do is take pictures of the mold problem. At BGS Environmental Services, Inc. it’s always great to know exactly where the mold problem is so that we can pinpoint the source. As always, make sure your landlord is requesting the mold remediation services from a reputable, professional mold removal company. If they don’t have anyone in mind, feel free to give us a call at (774) 226-5911!