Mold has become one of the largest concerns for home and apartment renters across the United States, and those in New Jersey are no exception. Exposure to toxic molds in buildings have been linked to a number of serious health issues, such as rashes, nausea, chronic fatigue, asthma and hemorrhaging. While it may be possible to prevent or clean up mold before it becomes a serious problem, your landlord can be held liable for the appearance of dangerous mold.
Mold can grow any place that moisture is present, most often appearing on bathroom tiles, underneath sinks, in wall paneling, under floors, on ceilings, and in basements or attics. It can appear to be black, brown, red, white, or gray and take many different shapes. No matter what kind of mold, there is a possibility that it could cause significant risk to your health.
Who is responsible for mold growth?
Renters in New Jersey are protected by laws that establish guidelines and regulations for mold in indoor air. If you are wondering if your house meets these guidelines, call a personal injury attorney to talk through your options for testing the level of mold in your home. Even if these guidelines are met, there are other ways that a landlord can be held liable for their tenant's mold issue, such as failing to repair a known issue that led to the development of the mold, such as a leaky pipe.
A tenant may be found responsible for the presence of mold if they create an environment that would allow the mold to thrive, such as keeping their windows closed and using a humidifier to add dampness to the air. Further, some landlords will include mold clauses in their leases that will release them of any liability concerning the appearance and growth of mold.
New Jersey law clearly outlines the rules and responsibilities of landlords regarding mold in their properties. With these rules, if landlords are unable to provide a sufficient rental environment free from toxic mold exposure, you have the right to hold them accountable for damages to your health as a result of mold. If you or a loved one are experiencing negative health effects that you think may be a result of mold in your rental, contact Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law today.