Mold in CA Senate Bill 655
Or CA SB 655 went into effect January 2016.
A person can contact the Fair Housing Foundation in California. They can assist if there is a moisture or mold issue in the home. By law in CA a landlord has to maintain the property free of dampness and mold per the CA SB 655 that went into effect about 3 years ago. Of course this refers to items that are their responsibility and not the tenants. If the landlord tries to force a person to move due to this type of event, that is viewed as 'retaliation' and basically can nullify any vacate notice. The landlord is obligated to fix a problem that is their responsibility.
An example of what is not the landlord's responsibility is: a tenant fails to clean the tub for a period of time (say a month) and mold starts growing as a result. This is not the landlord's responsibility.
Say on the other hand one notices what appears to be visible mold growing on the drywall under a sink or mushrooms growing out of the wall due to moisture or water having leaked into the wall, this would be the landlord's responsibility.
If a person wants to confirm that there may be a moisture/mold issue then a company like mine can be hired to inspect (and take samples if needed). If the inspection reveals the issue is the landlord's responsibility then the tenant (by law) can get credited the expense of the inspection and sampling as the tenant is allowed to 'repair and deduct' twice per year if the landlord fails to take action.
Since this type of event is a 'health issue' you have every right to hire an inspector for mold/moisture issues without the landlord's permission or consultation. Contact me for further information if needed.
Here are a few tips to help minimize mold growth in your home and how to address some of that issue.
1. Maintain regular house hygiene.
2. Promptly address any spills or leaks. The longer water sits or is present the longer mold will grow. Remember that mold starts growing about 24 hours after getting a water source.
3. Get at least one (if not several) air cleaning machines equipped with a hepa filter. The key is 'hepa' filter as this is what will remove up to 99.97% of air contaminants including mold spores. This can make a big difference in air quality in the home. There are many brands out there and with extra bells and whistles if you can afford them. A basic model can be purchased for a $100 or possibly less.
4. If one suspects moisture being present or recently experienced a leak then have the area(s) inspected as soon as possible by a professional such as My Company and follow the recommendations provided.
5. If a person is experiencing adverse health symptoms and want to rule out mold or confirm it consider having air quality and other samples taken. These can provide valuable information on what the family is being exposed to. The lab report can be taken to your doctor who can test to see if the molds found are affecting a person.
6. Keep in mind it is normally best to have an inspection done for potential moisture or mold issues in the home in conjunction with mold sampling/testing. The reason is this. The mold sampling/testing can provide information as to whether there is excess mold in the home. However, the samples cannot tell why there is excess mold in the home. The inspection can help determine why this is the case and also provide how to address the issue(s) found.
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