Over the past few years, we have handled a number of cases in Greenville and Spartanburg involving clients who were affected by mold in their residences. When you are leasing or renting a home or apartment, the landlord has certain responsibilities to you. In most situations, that means that the landlord must take steps to prevent significant mold growth in your residence and must address the problem when made aware. After all, mold in your home can be very serious, resulting not only in damage to your personal property, but also in adverse health conditions. Even if you signed some sort of mold disclaimer upon moving in, the landlord still may be responsible for the harm caused by mold.
As we assess a case with a client, we typically do an investigation to understand the cause of the mold, the type of the mold, and whether the landlord has a history of mold problems. In some cases, we have found that the landlord was aware of the mold issue even before our client moved into the home, but neglected to truly address it. In some cases, it is necessary to hire an expert witness to help us to determine the full extent of the danger.
If you have a mold problem in your home or apartment, it is important to document the problem through photographs and receipts. It is also essential to document your complaints and notices to the landlord. And in serious situations, it is a good idea to talk with an attorney about your legal options.