Some of the calls we have gotten involve situations where tenants are being affected by mold spores and nothing gets done when reported to their landlord. Tenants who have contacted their landlord (and kept records) about what appears to be mold growth in their living spaces may have the right to hire an independent contractor for a Mold Inspection and Testing. At Lancaster Environmental Testing, LLC, we will contract with tenants who have had no reply from their landlord. For a fee we will enter your living space and perform a visual inspection and take local and/or air sample testing (only in your living space) and send the samples to a Certified Lab.
With that being said, our mold testing services do offer a lot of value to people that find themselves in this type of situation. Bringing in an independent inspector to evaluate the building can act as a median. Arguments about indoor air quality and mold growth are usually the tenant claiming there is a problem and the landlord saying there isn`t. Usually, whenever their is a dispute where it is one person`s word against another, an unbiased third party can help. Not to mention after the inspection is complete and samples are analyzed, there will be concrete evidence proving whether or not a problem exist. Most of the time this offers a peaceful resolution and proving one way or another if there is problem. Either the tenant stops making claims about mold problems after an expert says there is not elevated levels of indoor mold, or the landlord agrees to pay for mitigation if there is. This is not legal advise, but we have seen the testing method work very well. Contacting the landlord with certified letters or Email is recommended over phone calls so you have documentation of everything including all the times you contacted your landlord and if there was a reply.
If your landlord does not comply, take it upon yourself to hire us to perform the testing and assessment. You may want to send your landlord another email stating that you have hired an independent mold testing contractor and that you will deduct the cost of the inspection and testing from your next month`s rent in the event there is a mold problem in the living space. If the report indicates a mold problem nine times out of ten the landlord will address the problem.
On the off chance the landlord still wants to ignore the problem, you now have proof of the issue and will have more of a leg to stand on if you withhold rent or break the lease.
There are situations when the landlord or building manager refuses to make repairs even after an inspection and testing has proven a problem does exist. In that case we highly suggest that you get the advise of an attorney or legal service prior to making any hasty decisions.
LetInspect/Lancaster Environmental Testing, LLC is not a legal service so we suggest contacting a lawyer or legal service to find out the State and Local laws for tenant rights in your location. LET makes available our inspector to be a professional witness who can explain the test results in court.
If you find yourself in this situation please contact us at, 717-284-5052 or email@example.com