While many of our South Florida clients are homeowners, there are some tenants who give us a call to see what can be done for them. Unfortunately, we usually need the permission of the property owner to do work, so you will need to contact your landlord. Most of the time, the owner will pay for repairs and then get reimbursed by their insurance company, provided they have the correct type of insurance. However, not all landlords are as nice as we would hope for them to be, and in some cases, tenants might find themselves in a situation where they know there is mold but the landlord doesn’t want to take action.
In this case, if you are feeling health effects from being exposed to mold, you can actually file a personal injury claim against the landlord, according to advice from Florida lawyers. The obligation to fight mold is on the landlord and they have to take “reasonable” action against mold, primarily be keeping up their property so mold doesn’t grow in the first place, and checking for mold periodically. The law in Florida says that the landlord is responsible for mold, but the tenant is responsible for letting the landlord know about the mold as soon as it is found. If you are a tenant and you do not let your landlord know about mold for a while, that could work against you should you need to file a personal injury suit.
Things get even worse for landlords if the tenant who has a mold problem is a business, because they can sure the building owner for lost profits and business owners might face personal injury suits themselves from employees who get sick. The point of all of this is – it’s best for all property owners who rent to avoid lawsuits altogether by staying on top of mold and keeping their tenants healthy and safe from this toxic fungus.
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