Mold Claim (by Renee [GA]) Nov 15, 2023 3:56 PM|
Mold Claim (by NE [PA]) Nov 15, 2023 3:59 PM
Mold Claim (by plenty [MO]) Nov 15, 2023 4:00 PM
Mold Claim (by Renee [GA]) Nov 15, 2023 4:07 PM
Mold Claim (by S i d [MO]) Nov 15, 2023 4:17 PM
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Mold Claim (by MikeA [TX]) Nov 15, 2023 9:48 PM
Mold Claim (by plenty [MO]) Nov 16, 2023 5:31 AM
Mold Claim (by Vee [OH]) Nov 16, 2023 8:35 AM
Mold Claim (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 16, 2023 9:24 AM
Mold Claim (by Jonny [NY]) Nov 16, 2023 12:25 PM
Mold Claim (by unb [GA]) Nov 16, 2023 1:14 PM
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Mold Claim (by Renee [GA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 3:56 PM
Advice on how to handle a mold claim --24.30.x.xxx
Mold Claim (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 3:59 PM
What type of claim? --24.152.xxx.xx
Mold Claim (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 4:00 PM
Claim by whom or with whom? --172.59.xx.xx
Mold Claim (by Renee [GA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 4:07 PM
The Garbage disposal was leaking, when the Plumber replaced the Garbage disposal, the tenant says the Plumber told her there was mold under the sink that could be harmful, I talked to the Plumber, he said he told the tenant to keep the cabinet doors open and dry it out under the sink, he did not tell her there was mold. The tenant has not paid her rent for this month so I think she is looking for a way to not have to pay. --24.30.x.xxx
Mold Claim (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 4:17 PM
Ugh, chatty contractors are the worst. Tell him that in the future he is not to discuss issue with tenants. He is supposed to discuss them with YOU, the landlord and the person paying for the job to be done. You are not paying him to offer unsolicited opinions on possible issues/non-issues.
Now the question: is it mold? If yes, is it the harmful kind? Is it mildew? Is is some other discoloration or fungus? Only a lab test will confirm. No one has done a lab test, but you can bet your tenant is going to cry "toxic black mold" now to anyone who will listen. Again, this is the chatty contractor's fault. If he'd have just said, "please leave the sink doors open to air out this space"... you'd have been fine and gotten paid this month.
Bleach water takes care of most fungus/mold/mildew growth. Clean it up and see if it comes back. If yes, more extensive steps may be needed.
Meantime, the tenants needs to pay rent or be evicted. Even if it IS mold, that doesn't automatically give her the right to withhold rent. In my state, there is a clearly defined process for when and how much rent a tenant can withhold, and a process they must follow before being legally allowed to withhold rent. My guess is your state has a process too, and she hasn't followed it. Time to pay up or move out.
Mold Claim (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 4:18 PM
I think this is a case where you just need to go over there and spray some stuff and wipe it up just shut her up and then get her back on course with the rent. Next time you instruct your handyman and contractors that they’re not to discuss any details of anything with tenants while on premises. --24.152.xxx.xx
Mold Claim (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 4:18 PM
Strike that comment about what the plumber should have said. It sounds like that is what he said. Apologies to him for my misreading. --184.4.xx.xx
Mold Claim (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 4:29 PM
There’s three sides to every story. You don’t know what was said by whom, so just go there with a spray bottle of concrobium and call it good (and bill her for the time if she neglected to report a leak). This is just a bs excuse to not pay rent, so nip it in the bud. --172.56.xx.xxx
Mold Claim (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 4:51 PM
Mold Claim (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 5:00 PM
Just start the eviction already --74.77.xx.xx
Mold Claim (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 5:44 PM
Post a pay or quit notice and if they don't pay start the eviction process (or however it is done in your state).
There is no excuse for not paying the rent on time (not even death or incarceration).
Hopefully your lease says something along the lines of:
Tenant shall pay the Rent, without notice, demand or deduction, to Landlord or as Landlord directs. --65.188.xxx.xxx
Mold Claim (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 5:59 PM
Another good example of why I've removed all garbage disposals from my rental properties. --99.165.xx.xxx
Mold Claim (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2023 9:48 PM
It's the 15th, assuming rent is due on the 1st you should have already posted the cure or quit notice.
Put your eyes on it and spray something, anything that kills mold. Bleach water, concrobium, or something similar. When you do point out that it is mildew, not mold, but the spray will take care of it until it dries. Then hand her a cure or quit notice on your way out. --209.205.xxx.xx
Mold Claim (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Nov 16, 2023 5:31 AM
I would go there, and do some clean up. Snap some pictures and ask the tenant what else they want or expect. Call it mildew if you have to use the M word. And yes ask if they feel unsafe dhd if so offer to let them out of their lease this offer expires in three days, pay or move, no penalties. Return deposit in whole right then and there. Really have to take this seriously. --172.56.xx.xxx
Mold Claim (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Nov 16, 2023 8:35 AM
there was a couple posts removed overnite, Concrobium is home store mold killer in quart pumpspray bottle mentioned by Jeffrey, using this in the cabinet and wipe out is a effective way to kill and clean the mold - drying with doors open then finishes the job. there is about 10,000 types of mold, 2 or 3 are toxic until the concrobium is used. --184.59.xxx.xx
Mold Claim (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 16, 2023 9:24 AM
I have had many claims by tenants. Possessed Presents of Evil Spirits. Mold, Lead Paint, Asbestos, Ghosts, Frogs, Roaches, Rats, Mice, Raccoons, Peeping Toms, etc. So I asked the tenant to describe the problem in detail. If they can to draw a picture.
I do what ever it takes to put my tenants fears to bed. Hopefully somethings that is really cheap. Like hire a screwed up Tom cat that just got into a fight with a pitbull an lost. I sent it in the attic to chase away some tiny mice. Then I pull out some road kill animals and show it to my tenant. Look an see what the cat caught. Like a smashed deer. --47.155.xx.xxx
Mold Claim (by Jonny [NY]) Posted on: Nov 16, 2023 12:25 PM
As the others have stated... just go, check it out for yourself and clean it up the best you can. If it "just started" to leak or there was water/wetness from him working, he very well may have said something such as "keep your cabinet doors open to dry out so you don't GET mold" or whatever and the tenant just hears "mold".
Clean it and move on. Make sure it's dry before you leave.
As for the rent not being paid... I would ask for it if you haven't already... and definitely start the process if you haven't already. If you want to take pics of before and after you can... just make sure you note that you cleaned it on such a such date and keep that so if you end up in court... you can show the judge the pictures.
If the tenant didn't report the leak in a timely manner and there is sufficient mold then I would certainly do something about that as well... --69.201.xx.xxx
Mold Claim (by unb [GA]) Posted on: Nov 16, 2023 1:14 PM
go a make a big deal about it. When you show up wear your hazmat gear and bring those warning lights on stands.
Go over put on some gloves wipe down with straight bleech. In 3 days go and kilz the area to seal it. --108.239.xx.xx
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