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jackievanka, Home Buyer in Beverly Hills, CA

I leased a home a few months ago and never got a mold disclosure and I found out I have black mold. Can I get out of my lease?

Asked by jackievanka, Beverly Hills, CA Sun Jan 27, 2013

The Landlord knew the roof was leaking

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Sona Gallatin’s answer
Gent touch with your landlord as this is a health and safety issue. It just takes a few days to repair and if the landlord knew the roof was leaking, he should comply with the repair request. Read the terms of your lease make sure you didn't sign to take the property with these existing conditions.
Good luck.
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Dear Jackie,
Yes the first thing to do is to speak to your Landlord who may be able to correct the problem . I would recommend to read your lease as well, to see what the terms of the lease are. For more information about mold see http://www.epa.gov/mold.
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It is best you inform landlord about presence of the mold as early as possible and see if landlord will be able to correct this issue.



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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
Hi jackievanka:

Mold is a health and safety issue. I would also suggest you start with speaking with your Landlord; however, I would do so AFTER reviewing the following document produced by the CA Dept. of Consumer Affairs.

http://docs.Steven-Anthony.com/Landlord-TenantGuideCA2012.pdf

See marked page 39.

-Steve
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 27, 2013
Roof may have been leaking but it does not mean the Landlord knew there was mold.
Inform Landlord ASAP. You may be able to get out. But most important is to contact LL to get mold remediation. I suggest encapsulation of mold area with 6 mil plastic and duct tape immediately.
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