GREENSBORO, NC -- The state doesn't regulate mold. Neither do the feds. There is no threshold of how much mold can or can't be in the apartment or home you're renting.
So, what do you do if you're a renter? Brett Byerly is with the Greensboro Housing Coalition. The trick for renters is to make it a maintenance issue not a mold issue
There is no state law that requires landlords to fix mold, but they do have to fix maintenance issues. If you have mold in your place, document it with pictures and send a letter to your landlord describing: where the mold is, the materials it's growing on (ex:plastic or drywall or particle board), how long it's been there and the underlying source water.
So, you make it a maintenance issue. What's the reasonable expectation of time?
State law requires landlords to fix problems in a reasonable amount of time, but there's a catch. It never says things have to be done in 48 hours or a week, so it's a reasonable amount of time. Some cities do have ordinances that require landlords to make the fixes within 30 days unless it is an emergency.
And this is key, you can't withhold your rent to get your landlord to fix it. That's the easiest way to get evicted. You're actually breaking the contract if you don't pay.
If you think mold in your home is causing health issues? Your County's Cooperative Extension office can help. It'll cost you $20 and it's DIY test. It's a swab test that will take several weeks to get back.
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