Renting and found mold in your residence?
Here’s What You Can Do:
If you have found mold and believe it is causing health issues for those living in the house, condo or apartment you’re renting and inhabiting, there are steps that can be taken to protect yourself and your loved ones.
1. Look at your lease
You can examine your lease to determine what it specifies about maintenance and notify the landlord or management immediately, in writing, about your concerns. If the mold is due to faulty construction, or due to negligence on behalf of the landlord, you will need to seek a remedy from the landlord.
2. Know the law
While Georgia doesn’t have a specific law that addresses a landlord’s duties or liability specific to mold, landlords are bound by a statutory duty to maintain and repair the premises as well as the ‘implied warranty of habitability,’ meaning that they must provide tenants with a habitable residence.
3. Talk to your landlord
The ideal situation is one in which landlord and tenant communicate and resolve the issue. If you find that is not the case, you need to seek legal representation. In Georgia, there is no governmental agency that has the power to intervene in a dispute between a landlord and tenant.
What to do if your landlord doesn’t handle it
If the landlord does not proactively take steps to remove the mold, you may choose to take care of the mold clean up on your own and subtract the cost from the rent owed. However, you should never stop making rent payments to your landlord until after you have consulted an attorney, as this course of action will likely lead to eviction and could result in various other disputes and legal problems. Landlord and tenants who cannot resolve disputes on their own can also turn to the courts.
Contact an attorney today
If you are in conflict with your landlord over mold – or other significant health concerns within your residence, experienced legal representation can ensure that your rights, your health, and your property is protected. Contact attorney Miranda Hanley at 770-389-4864 to schedule an appointment today. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of attorneys routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.
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Miranda Hanley is a partner with Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC. Since joining the firm in 2015, Miranda has built a successful litigation practice specializing in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and complex civil litigation. Miranda has extensive trial and jury trial experience and regularly litigates in both state and federal courts.