Mold Remediation in Apartment Buildings

Posted by Angela Ostroff on 21 November, 2016

 

There’s no denying that mold can be an incredible nuisance. The sight is bothersome, the smell is repulsive, and, most disturbingly, it can have a very negative impact on human health.

Thankfully, new advances in mold-fighting technology have made mold remediation easier than ever before in the past. Just consider, for example, the RMR Botanical Cleaner & Odor Treatment. Designed to work fast and destroy mold on virtually any surface, this product makes DIY mold removal simple and effective.

Homeowners, therefore, should take advantage of the options at their disposal and act quickly to fight mold. Although removal still represents both a real cost and a real annoyance, this is nothing compared to the potential risks posed by ignoring such a problem.

When it comes to buildings that are being rented out, rapid remediation is oftentimes delayed due to disagreements over who should be footing the bill. To be fair, the situation is rather complex. Tenants, understandably, tend to argue that, as the owner of the building, it is the landlord’s responsibility to fix such problems. Landlords, on the other hand, tend to make the case that tenants bear responsibility for caring for the place where they live--and may even argue that, as the owner of the building, they are entitled to compensation for any damages that occur to their property.

 Complicating this issue further is a lack of uniform legislation. Certain states, such as Indiana and Maryland, do have established legal code governing financial responsibility for mold. Certain cities, such as New York and San Francisco, also have laws on the books.

 Regardless of where you live, however, there are a few generalizations that can be made about financial responsibility: 

  • Mold that is directly related single, unexpected event such as a water pipe breaking is more likely to fall onto the shoulders of the landlord.
  • Mold related to poor maintenance within the apartment is more likely to fall onto the shoulders of the tenant.
  • Mold related to poor apartment-wide maintenance, not surprisingly, falls on the landlord.
  • Regardless of whose fault the mold is, a tenant who fails to report or treat mold within a reasonable time frame has contributed to its growth, and is therefore more likely to be on the hook for the cost of treatment.

 

What can you do if you find yourself responsible for cleaning up mold? If you are the building owner, you are clearly going to have a bit more freedom in how you go about treating the problem--however, as mentioned before, you may be governed by certain regulations. Tenants, on the other hand, will likely need to work with their landlords in order to find a mold remediation method that is acceptable to both parties.

If you are in need of an affordable but effective mold treatment option, consider choosing a product made by RMR Solutions. Our ready to use bundles are made with you in mind--so visit us online and learn how you can make your mold infestation a thing of the past!

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