Landlord Liability for Mold in Rental Properties
California requires that hazardous conditions be disclosed and mold is the newest environmental hazard causing renters concern.
Mold comes in various forms and may be hidden between walls, underneath the floor, on the ceiling and more. Moreover, mold may grow as long as moisture is present in the climate.
Mold may cause serious health risks to such tenants who inhale mold spores. A landlord may be held liable for ailments caused by mold under their responsibility to provide a habitable and safe dwelling. Some landlords include clauses on mold in the lease agreement, but where the lease is silent, liability may stem from implied covenants.
Further, a landlord is responsible for disclosing information to the tenant or prospective tenant that there is mold in the residence. A landlord with such knowledge must also make reasonable efforts to remove existing mold and to resolve the cause of such mold.
California law imposes a reasonable time frame for the landlord to correct the mold conditions and if the mold arises due to a landlord's negligence, the landlord has the legal responsibility to remove it.
A landlord who fails to provide notice about a mold problem or fails to correct it may face liability including property damage, health problems and any similar costs incurred resulting from the toxicity of the mold.
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