How can you tell if mold is toxic?

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How can you tell if mold is toxic?

Pay attention to the color and consistency: We already talked about black mold above, though it’s more accurate to say that Stachybotrys chartarum has a greenish-black hue. Toxic mold can also have a grayish, soot-like texture, or a slimy, wet surface. In some cases, you may even notice furry orange or brown spots.

Q. Does mold make an apartment uninhabitable?

Mold, Mildew, and Water Leaks Not all water leaks amount to a “major issue” or immediately make a property uninhabitable. This falls into the category of “environmental hazards,” which can also include exposure to lead paint dust (common in older properties) or asbestos insulation.

Q. What do I do if my apartment has mold?

If there is mold in your apartment, you need to notify your landlord immediately. You might also consider asking your landlord to bring in a professional mold inspector. Mold usually grows in difficult to see places, like behind walls or appliances, and the professionals will have equipment to detect it.

Q. What happens if you live in an apartment with mold?

Why is mold dangerous? Left untreated, mold can really make you sick. Even if you don’t see mold in your apartment, spores can infiltrate your indoor air, causing breathing problems that mimic allergic reactions or bad colds — think itchy, burning eyes, a stuffy nose, and wheezing.

Q. What color is toxic mold?

Black mold
Black mold is the most feared of all mold colors. This is because black mold is toxic to your health in most cases. Yet, not every black mold is toxic and there are molds of other colors that happen to be toxic as well. Believe it or not, you cannot determine if mold is black by looking at it.

Q. When to break a lease due to mold?

Landlords violate this law when the presence of mold in a rental unit impacts the health and safety of tenants. To get out of your lease early due to a mold problem, follow the same process as you would for other repair- and maintenance-related issues.

Q. Can a tenant move out if there is mold in the apartment?

If the landlord can remedy the mold growth in your apartment in a reasonable amount of time, you will continue to be bound by your lease agreement. If you have notified your landlord of mold and he has failed to live up to his responsibilities to clean it up, you likely have grounds to break your lease and move out.

Q. Who is responsible for mold in a rental property?

In most states, it is the landlord’s responsibility to address mold issues in properties he rents out. California law requires landlords to live up to the “implied warranty of habitability.” Landlords violate this law when the presence of mold in a rental unit impacts the health and safety of tenants.

Q. What should I do if I find mold in my apartment?

The first thing you must do when discovering mold in your apartment is notify your landlord. Nearly every state requires landlords to promptly clean up and eliminate mold as soon as they are notified at their own expense.

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