Mold and Renting

Many renters aren’t sure what their landlord’s obligation is when it comes to mold.  While every situation is unique, it’s important to know the basics.

 

  • “Landlords must give written disclosure to prospects when the landlord knows, or has reason to believe, mold is present in the building that either exceeds the permissible exposure limits allowed or poses a health threat.”  The landlord has this responsibility even if the mold is not visible.

 

  • Landlords do not have to test for mold

 

  • Written disclosure of mold is not required if the mold was remedied prior to move in

 

  • It is the renter’s duty to keep mold from forming by allowing for proper air ventilation, maintaining a sanitary residence, and immediately reporting mold issues with the landlord.

 

  • Landlords are liable for damages for a mold related illness if there is a violation of building code such as wall, roof, or window leak, interior plumbing leak, inadequate bathroom or kitchen ventilation, negligence in drying procedures after flood, or failure to address written complaints about mold.

Do you have any experiences with mold in rental property?  We’d love to read your feedback.

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LaMance, Ken. “Landlord’s Duties Regarding Mold in California Lawyers.” Find a Lawyer. N.p., 27 May 2010. Web. 17 Mar. 2013.

California is Asbestos Leader

Did you know California has the most asbestos related deaths in the United States?  This could be because California has some of the largest natural asbestos deposits in the world.  Many different areas and work sites have been closed down due to health risks.  During the late 1990’s and early 21st century, a deadly cancer called mesothelioma ran rampant through the state because of asbestos inhalation.  A San Francisco Superior Court judge noted that “asbestos cases made up 25% of the court’s docket” in 2004.

Naturally occurring asbestos, or NOA, is a serious problem in the state of California.  Of its 58 counties, 45 contain NOA deposits.  The city of Coalinga received what is called a Superfund by the Environmental Protection Agency because of mining.  The cavernous holes sent the natural asbestos airborne all over the town.  Receiving a Superfund means the entire area is an asbestos priority and has special attention for cleanup.  Residents and visitors must be careful in a Superfund to minimize risk of exposure.

Do you know of other areas that contain NOA?

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“Asbestos in California.” Mesothelioma and Asbestos News RSS. N.p., 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2013.

Heat: The Healthier Alternative to Bedbug Control

Bedbugs are typically associated with dirty environments.  Most people think of a run down motel or a filthy old mattress, but hospitals are victims of these pesky critters too.  The problem with bedbugs is they often don’t present themselves until it’s too late.  With the ability to produce 500 eggs in a one year span, it’s easy to see how outbreaks can happen fast.  Hospitals have been scrambling to find a suitable solution with minimal disruption to their patients.

Hospitals previously used chemicals for bedbug treatment, however recent reports show the buggers may be developing a tolerance to the chemicals, and heat-based treatments may be the way to go.  A September 23, 2011 article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated the growing resistance to chemical solutions has increased the chemical output, which is hazardous to human health.  Furthermore, chemical treatments only kill adult bedbugs, not their eggs.  This leads to more chemical sprays, increasing the risk for human illness.

Heat treatment raises the temperature of a room from 100 degrees up to 170.  This ensures the heat penetrates every orifice of the area, including walls, floors, and ceiling.  The entire process takes four to eight hours.  Time is determined on the size of the area to be treated, how much furniture needs removal or protection, and how accessible the space is.  Heat based treatment is not only better for our health, it kills all stages of bedbug life, including eggs.

Hospitals require a swift, effective treatment of their facilities.  Repeat visits for hatchlings, or just plain resistance, is not a solution.

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