Mold can be a tricky problem in an apartment because most landlords and tenants do not know their obligations and rights. As a tenant, your responsibilities may surprise you, but if you fulfil them, then your landlord must remedy your mould problem.
As a tenant, you have the right to a safe, healthy place to live. However, this responsibility includes reporting problems in a timely, accurate manner. In the case of mould, you will likely have to report and prove its presence. Once you do, though, you have the right to have the issue corrected.
While you, as a tenant, have the right to a mould-free living environment, if your behaviour caused the mould, then your landlord may be able to place the burden of remediation on you.
These tenant (and landlord) rights are designed to protect both parties. This is why to exercise rights, each side must also exercise his responsibilities.
The best way to prevent a problem with mould in your apartment is to be aware of your rental rights concerning mould. Keep an eye out for faulty plumbing that could lead to leaks and note (and report) ventilation failures that could contribute to mould growth.
It is unsafe to live in a mouldy home. It can lead to chronic respiratory illness, among other ailments. Report mould immediately and take action to remove yourself from the premises until the remediation is complete.
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