Mold has become one of the largest concerns for home and apartment renters
across the United States, and those in New Jersey are no exception. Exposure
to toxic molds in buildings have been linked to a number of serious health
issues, such as rashes, nausea, chronic fatigue, asthma and hemorrhaging.
While it may be possible to prevent or clean up mold before it becomes
a serious problem, your landlord can be held liable for the appearance
of dangerous mold.
Mold can grow any place that moisture is present, most often appearing
on bathroom tiles, underneath sinks, in wall paneling, under floors, on
ceilings, and in basements or attics. It can appear to be black, brown,
red, white, or gray and take many different shapes. No matter what kind
of mold, there is a possibility that it could cause significant risk to
Who is responsible for mold growth?
Renters in New Jersey are protected by laws that establish guidelines and
regulations for mold in indoor air. If you are wondering if your house
meets these guidelines, call a personal injury attorney to talk through
your options for testing the level of mold in your home. Even if these
guidelines are met, there are other ways that a landlord can be held liable
for their tenant's mold issue, such as failing to repair a known issue
that led to the development of the mold, such as a leaky pipe.
A tenant may be found responsible for the presence of mold if they create
an environment that would allow the mold to thrive, such as keeping their
windows closed and using a humidifier to add dampness to the air. Further,
some landlords will include mold clauses in their leases that will release
them of any liability concerning the appearance and growth of mold.
New Jersey law clearly outlines the rules and responsibilities of landlords
regarding mold in their properties. With these rules, if landlords are
unable to provide a sufficient rental environment free from toxic mold
exposure, you have the right to hold them accountable for damages to your
health as a result of mold.
If you or a loved one are experiencing negative health effects that you
think may be a result of mold in your rental, contact Brandon J. Broderick,
Attorney at Law today.