Home › Forums › Real Estate › The house I’m renting has a mold problem; what do I do? › Reply To: The house I’m renting has a mold problem; what do I do?
I dealt with a similar situation after last year’s hurricane. I was living in a Mt. Pleasant English basement, which flooded from all the rain, and when the landlord failed to act on the flooding issue, the walls started to grow black mold. If your landlord is ignoring the air quality test results, like me, your only option may be to move out — with no repercussions for breaking your lease. Check out the DC Tenant Bill of Rights and/or contact the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate to find out about other options (202-719-6560).
Full Tenant Bill: http://www.ota.dc.gov/ota/frames.asp?doc=/ota/lib/ota/2009_10_27_OTA_DC_Tenant_Bill_of_Rights_FOR_SH_COMMENT.pdf
Per Clause 6: “The landlord must ensure that your unit and all common areas are safe and sanitary as of the first day of your tenancy. This is known as the “warranty of habitability,” which is implicit in your lease and explicit in District regulations. The landlord must maintain your apartment and all common areas of the building in compliance with the housing code, including keeping the premises safe and secure…”