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I’ve been on the other side of the fence with this situation. After the hurricane last summer my partner’s tenants discovered mold in their basement. The tests found that the air quality in the upper levels was acceptable. She offered them a reduction in rent and/or another place to stay during the week it took to remediate the mold in the basement, but the tenants refused so she allowed them to break the lease. According to the terms of the lease they were allowed to leave if the house was unsafe to live in. Of course, since the main levels of the house were safe and they were given options for an alternative living area, they may not have had legal recourse for breaking the lease. But she thought it was better to let them go than deal with a lawsuit later.
In your case it sounds like the place is uninhabitable without question, which means you should be allowed to break the lease. Is the landlord doing anything to remediate the mold? If you are interested in staying and he has someone coming to fix it, you might ask for a reduction in rent or a hotel room in the meantime.