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I have mold growing in my app from a leaking roof that has been leaking for sometime now,

I am feel some affects from the mold what are my rights
  • February 09 2010 - Farmington
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I own a property management firm in Pensacola, FL.  We were affected by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and have dealth with a lot of mold issues. Since then, we've added a mold addendum to our lease, which states the tenants can get out of the lease with proper notice and time to fix the problem. The tenant must submit something in writing.  I would suggest as this time to send a certified letter your landlord, possibly with photos and a letter explaining the situation. Tell them they have 7 days to address the problem, or you will be forced to consult an attorney at that point. This will definitely make them notice you and take your issues seriously. The more documentation of the problem and actual photos, the better.  Or just go up to the office with photos and the letter, and speak to your landlord (hopefully it's that easy) face to face.  Whatever you do, do it immediately as mold can be harmful to the young and elderly, or anyone with an immune comprised condition.  I must state though, there are 100s or 1000s of species of mold and many are not harmful at all!  Make sure you've done your part by documenting any other contacts you had with your landlord previously about the roof leak and mold in your certified letters. 

  • February 14 2010
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Some mold can cause health problems. If it is making you ill you may have a valid reason to get out of your lease if the landlord does not fix it. Notify the landlord about the problem and ask him to fully repair the leak and remove the mold. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction seek legal advice or (As Wetdwags suggested) check the tenant rights in your area.
  • February 11 2010
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Have you notified your landlord of this leak in writing?  Usually the clock starts ticking when the notification occurs in writing (so make sure you send it with confirmation of receipt).    Tenant rights vary from state to state (and sometimes cities add to the rules) so look up the tenant rights for NM
  • February 09 2010
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