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Mold (by Bill [PA]) Jul 27, 2021 3:13 PM
       Mold (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Jul 27, 2021 9:11 PM
       Mold (by Busy [WI]) Jul 28, 2021 11:00 AM

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Mold (by Bill [PA]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 3:13 PM

State Specific Question About: PENNSYLVANIA (PA)

Out tenant is complaining of mold causing health issues. Who is responsible for keeping mold out of the unit's living area? It does have a dehumidifier and ceiling fans. If they use them consistently is another question. Thanks, Bill --137.103.x.x

Mold (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Jul 27, 2021 9:11 PM

Had a tenant who had a marijuana grow up in the closet where she complained about mold. If there are indoor plants and aquarium then there is going to be evaporation. Also not using exhaust fan in bathroom or kitchen. With a humidstat meter can determine the amount of humidity in the rental unit or house. If there are no leaks in roof or walls then will or have to look at other options. For the bathroom either a humid type switch which automatically turns off exhaust fan or light is wired to exhaust so every time they are in the bathroom the exhaust fan comes on. Changing out the shower to air mixing low flow will reduce the amount of humidity in the bathroom. Best to go over to check out first to see if there are plants or aquarium along with bathroom exhaust fan and kitchen exhaust works.

Mold (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jul 28, 2021 11:00 AM

Being the hands-on, always teaching kind of gal, if I had a tenant complain of mold, Iíd go over and go through the house WITH them showing them all the things they can do to eliminate/ prevent mold. I too supply dehumidifiers, and over the years have found them turned off, or relocated. And then, the drain hose stops draining. Ugh! That one happens a lot. Sometimes I can get it sorted, sometimes not.

Then, Iíd say, Iíll check back in a couple of weeks, see how itís going. Chances are, they wonít have done much. But, when I check back, Iíd positively comment ( in a small way-adults donít often want more than a simple, oh, good, yes, thatís helping.) And repeat, gently, some of the remedies for mold. If they were seriously encouraging mold, perhaps wet clothes piled on bathroom floor or basement floor, Iíd be stern.

Mold happens. If itís a leaky roof, leaky plumbing, then landlord needs to repair and clean up. If itís housekeeping habits, then tenant needs to clean up. Here in Wisconsin, I sometimes have to wash mold off of the outside of the house, so that tells you, itís a moldy place out there. Mother Nature.

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