Residents often get hysterical over mold. Fortunately, the hysteria is unfounded. Mold is everywhere. Mold makes up twenty five percent of the earth’s biomass. This explains why almost everyone has had some form of mold growing in their residence at one time. Given how much mold naturally occurs in the environment, if mold were extremely toxic, serious mold-related illnesses would be an everyday occurrence. With Google reporting over half a million hits for “toxic mold”, it is not surprising many residents believe that even a small amount of mold has immediate and serious health effects. Just as pollen aggravates allergy sufferers, the fact that mold can cause, or aggravate routine allergy symptoms is not disputed. However, scientific research does not support the conclusion that mold can cause significant and permanent health problems. More importantly, the resident will have to prove that their alleged health-related issues are proximately caused by the specific mold found in the unit. Mildew is also mistaken frequently for for mold. In most cases it can we wiped away and can be cleaned. If you do have mold, the mold needs to be excessive to be deemed hazardous. The owner may choose not to rectify the mold in the home if it is not over the department of health level. Mold will damage the home and most owners will want to protect their assets by fixing this problem. Some mold may occur from tenant negligence, and costs will be the responsibility of the tenant. If a tenant would like to pay for a mold test they can do so at your expense. The results will go to the owner and if it is not over the legal limit they do not need to do any remediation of the current mold.
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