Mild winters, temperate summers and a wide range of activities may make North Carolina the ideal place for you to live. Unfortunately, the high humidity that accompanies the balmy weather also creates a breeding ground for mold. Although often consisting of harmless forms of fungi, there are some molds that produce toxins capable of causing severe health issues if not addressed. At Triangle Law Group, we often represent clients whose toxic mold issues go uncorrected by their landlord.
Generally speaking, you are responsible for the problems related to your apartment. If there is mold growth as a result of spills or moisture that do not get cleaned, the issue is your responsibility. However, according to North Carolina law, landlords have the responsibility to keep the property “fit and habitable.” While there is no specific mention of mold, state law requires that all buildings must meet applicable housing and building codes. Specific areas that landlords have responsibility includes the following:
- Electrical and air conditioning
- Sanitary building conditions
- Repair and maintenance
- Common area upkeep
Mold can cause health problems and structural damage, especially if it is the result of a plumbing issue. If the landlord refuses to handle the problem, he or she may be liable for negligence. When a small mold concern in your rental becomes a major problem, skin issues and asthma may worsen. Respiratory health issues may also result.
In North Carolina, the only problems landlords must take action on are those that you have given the landlord notice of and that you have not caused. If you have reported an unaddressed issue to the authorities and there is still no resolution, there may be grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.