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applicant wants mold test (by tonia [CT]) Jan 18, 2019 9:13 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by plenty [MO]) Jan 18, 2019 10:15 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by Hoosier [IN]) Jan 18, 2019 10:26 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by tonia [CT]) Jan 18, 2019 11:16 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by myob [GA]) Jan 18, 2019 11:18 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by myob [GA]) Jan 18, 2019 11:19 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 18, 2019 11:36 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by tonia [CT]) Jan 18, 2019 12:19 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by David [MI]) Jan 18, 2019 12:29 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jan 18, 2019 12:40 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by NE [PA]) Jan 18, 2019 12:53 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by Ken [NY]) Jan 18, 2019 1:09 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by Busy [WI]) Jan 18, 2019 2:16 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by RentsDue [MA]) Jan 18, 2019 2:36 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by Robin [WI]) Jan 18, 2019 3:25 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by Tom [FL]) Jan 18, 2019 5:13 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jan 18, 2019 5:30 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by Hoosier [IN]) Jan 18, 2019 6:03 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by allyM [NJ]) Jan 18, 2019 6:34 PM
       applicant wants mold test (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 19, 2019 6:26 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by fred [CA]) Jan 19, 2019 6:46 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by cjl [NY]) Jan 19, 2019 8:01 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by Tonia [CT]) Jan 20, 2019 2:25 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 21, 2019 8:36 AM
       applicant wants mold test (by tonia [CT]) Jan 21, 2019 2:45 PM

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applicant wants mold test (by tonia [CT]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 9:13 AM
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Hi dear landlords, I own a manufactured (mobile home). A prospective tenant (not approved yet) wants to hire a licensed contractor (at her cost) to do a mold test free of my charge before a lease signing. This applicant is also a contractor. The structure is sold, roof work done but it is a mobile home, in CT, in a rural area so is prone to mold. I have all my lease holders sing a mold addendum for this reason.

Any thoughts or reasons for concerns?

--70.168.x.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 10:15 AM
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No. Not happening. Next application! --99.203.xx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 10:26 AM
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As a retired home inspector who has done about 100 mold tests, I can tell you this:

1) There is no such thing as a house that does not have mold spores in it. I have tested at least a hundred homes and found mold in all of them. Mold is natural and exists almost everywhere. Some molds we eat, such as mushrooms cheeses...these are molds!! The question is whether there is an "abnormal" amount or type of mold.

2) What kind of test are they doing? If it's a mold "swab", then you must see the mold, and swab it with a q-tip device and send to a lab for analysis. If they don't see any mold, where will they swab? If it's an "air quality" test, then you use a vacuum pump to pull air through a filter, then send the filter to the lab for analysis...that's the type of test I was referencing in #1 above.

3) There are thousands of different types of molds, and not all are dangerous. The term "black mold" is a misnomer...some black molds are toxic and others are harmless. Some people mistakenly think that ANY mold, if present, is grounds for lease termination...not true.

4) In Indiana, 90% of my tests turned up penicillium, aspergills, or cladosporium...all very common molds and these are all in the "allergenic" category...which means that a person without a sensitive respiratory system would have no symptoms at all, whereas a person with severe allergies may have symptoms.

5) If you otherwise like the tenant, I'd let them do the test but make an agreement that the results must be sent to you also lest they may lie about the results. Don't hold up otherwise qualified tenants to wait for their test to come back. I'd also want to understand what would "trigger" them to not rent....as I said ALL homes will show mold on an air quality test. When we did testing, we would extract samples from a few rooms inside the house and then one outside sample, and the lab then would use the outside sample as a "control". If the inside mold spores were significantly higher than the outside, they would flag the mold as "excessive" and recommend further investigation. The last thing you want is for a tenant like that to first move in, THEN blame mold for some symptom they are having.

Hope that helps. --99.92.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by tonia [CT]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 11:16 AM
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Thank you so much for your indepth Hoosier. You sound very knowledge about Mold remediation. Have to say I am with Plenty on this one...not a good feeling right out of the gate. --70.168.x.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 11:18 AM
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Hoosier IN that was some of the best info I've read in months. Thank you. --99.103.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 11:19 AM
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forgot-- no to applicant home not available-- you are a problem now and your not even my tenant. NEXT!!!! --99.103.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 11:36 AM
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tonia,

RUN!!! This person is ALREADY trouble!

Hoosier nailed it. Mold is in the very air we breathe, inside and out, so YES your house has mold.

Now, here's a legal problem if the house is tested: you may need to disclose the mold test results to every furutre resident and when selling. Who wants to buy a house that test positive for mold!?

And...your insurance may cancel your coverage and will likely not provide ins for your buyer thus killing a sale.

My lease is clear: resident has examined the home and is satisfied with its condition including any allergic reactions.

Atty's say "Mold is Gold". Worth a lot in legal fees!

For what it's worth our housekeeper does general cleaning with a hospital grade disinfectant/mildewcide.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by tonia [CT]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 12:19 PM
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Thanks all for great feedback. Should I simply tell this "applicant" (did not even submit an application) that I selected another applicant. --70.168.x.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by David [MI]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 12:29 PM
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"resident has examined the home and is satisfied with its condition including any allergic reactions."

brad, have not heard of such a clause. Do you put that directly into lease or as part of the security deposit condition report?

If into the lease, how do you give them time to determine if they have any allergic reactions?

--199.247.xx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 12:40 PM
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Here's an evil thought....

A mold remediation and testing company could hire people to pose as tenants, during the application process become suspicious of mold and offer to test. Once tested and mold found, the company testing, the tenant's company, could then offer remediation services and your tenant could pressure you to use them and get it done. Afterwards, tenant backs out and moves to next victim.

Just an evil thought, but what a great way to create your own business opportunities. Like shooting fish in a barrel. --108.69.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 12:53 PM
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Good riddance. No way!! Mold or no mold, this is already a problem tenant/prospect. --174.201.xx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 1:09 PM
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NO WAY,the problems with this person will never end --72.231.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 2:16 PM
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Thatís why I rent to smokers. They donít worry about things like this.. Cheers!

Hoosier, good stuff. --70.92.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 2:36 PM
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No way ! Never! Not in a million years! Imagine what kinds of things she will want once she moves in...and I bet she doesnít offer to pay for those --71.10.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 3:25 PM
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Any prospect who mentions mold sensitivity gets an automatic DQ from me. I get that some people are very sensitive to environmental factors, but I don't think you need a mold test to figure out if a house is going to cause you problems. Just walk down into the basement and stand there for five minutes. If there's a mold issue, you'll smell it and react to it. Look everywhere where it's dark, moist and warm.

My homes are clean and well-maintained, but I don't want to run the risk of a lawsuit, no matter how unfounded the grounds are. --204.210.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 5:13 PM
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Bathrooms are continuously a science project in motion.

Every time a shower or bath happens in a bathroom there is moisture and mildew/ mold LOVES moisture.

If no bathroom fan to remove the moisture from the area then mildew/mold forms.

If tenants or homeowners do not clean the bathroom there will be spores of sorts on the walls, ceiling of the bathrooms.

PLUS windows sweat due to the exterior and interior temp variation therefore mildew and mold forms on the area around the windows. Unless the windows are newer and are well built the sweating most likely will not happen.

If there is a crawl space and the floor joists are not well insulated and there is no vents in the crawl space its a great place for mildew/mold to happen. Also a vapor barrier on the ground of the crawl space will be a major help with moisture control.

The best thing to do if you have a higher moisture issue in your house is use a dehumidifier plus you a/c heating system can have a dehumidifier on it as well.

Downnspouts directed away from the house to keep water from standing along the house will be a major help keeping moisture away from the foundation.

Keep the bathroom and kitchen areas clean this will help with mildew/mold issues.

A prospective tenant that wants a mold test done will be a NO. Not happening, thank you for your interest you are not considered for the unit. BYE BYE BYE

NEXT!!! --99.56.xx.xx




applicant wants mold test (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 5:30 PM
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Automatic rejection.

Same for any applicant that wants to change anything about the house. --98.146.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 6:03 PM
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When we have our bathroom lights wired, we wire them such that the lights will only come on with the fan, that way you are insured the fan will always be running when they take a shower. This reduces the possibility of mildew in the bathroom. --99.92.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by allyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 6:34 PM
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Applicant must have a history of allergy. I had one who was allergic to cat dander and wanted my unit that had a cat in it a few years ago. I had the rug cleaned and the whole thing was repainted and she had no allergy response from it so she rented it. You need to find a way to pass by this applicant as it looks like she might have a bad allergy and has to make sure it's not in her home. --73.248.xxx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2019 6:26 AM
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I had a branch of HUD want to test my units for sponsored rent assistance programs, and then use this against me. No thanks. --47.156.xx.xx




applicant wants mold test (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2019 6:46 AM
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The "prospective" tenant is a contractor?

- He is looking for work. Next he will find dozens of upgrades and "offer" his services in exchange for rent.

Better stay vacant than renting to him. --99.59.x.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2019 8:01 AM
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If this "prospective" tenant didn't even fill out an application (or return it) I wouldn't even bother. Why would someone that isn't even "in the running for the apartment" willing to do a test? He's up to something and you will be on the hook going forward.

Just move on to the next application. --69.201.xx.xxx




applicant wants mold test (by Tonia [CT]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2019 2:25 AM
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Dear all..thanks for great feedback. Just fyi I cancelled the appointment and did not hear back from this applicant. I do feel they were up to something suspicious with this request. I accepted another applicant today that I feel is a much better fit. So glad I ran this by you. Thanks Again --172.56.xx.xx




applicant wants mold test (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 8:36 AM
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You can't fault a future resident for being concerned about their environment. But it does raise eyebrows for me.

I would ask them why they are leaving where they are at, and if you can review current air quality test where they are living at. I would also be calling the current LL.

I would think that this path isn't going so well though with him being a contractor. He doesn't work with or in homes with mold or mildew in them? What if he works for a restoration company? They play in some nasty stuff --72.23.xxx.xx




applicant wants mold test (by tonia [CT]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2019 2:45 PM
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Ray that is a good point. I agree that all should be concerned to a degree, but working in construction field would think he is exposed to dust and debris, and yes his company does mold remediation. I did not hear back from this applicant when I asked about what type of mold test would be conducted (thanks again Hoosier...that was so helpful). I also did not hear back from him when I confirmed I accepted a an applicant. --108.34.xxx.xxx



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