SOUTH CAROLINA MOLD/MILDEW IN MY APARTMENT

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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 03:06 PM   #1
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I LIVE IN GREENVILLE SC AND I AM RENTING AN APARTMENT. I HAVE A 2 YEAR OLD TODDLER AND I AM 8 MONTHS PREGNANT. I RECENTLY FOUND MOLD/MILDEW IN MY CHILDS BEDROOM. I KNOW THIS CAN BE A RISK TO OUR HEALTH SO I CONTACTED MY LANDLORD IMMEDIATELY. SHE SENT SOMEONE OUT THAT SAME DAY TO LOOK AT THE ISSUE AND HE CONFIRMED THAT IT WAS INDEED A MOLD/MILDEW ISSUE. HE TOLD ME HE WOULD BE RETURNING TO TAKE CARE OF THE ISSUE. IT HAS NOW BEEN A WEEK AND I HAVE YET TO HEAR ANYTHING FROM ANYONE AT THEIR OFFICE. I CONTACTED THE HEALTH DEPT. I WAS TOLD TO SEND THEM A CERTIFIED LETTER GIVING THEM 14 DAYS TO COME OUT AND SOLVE THE ISSUE. I DID SEND CERTIFIED LETTER BUT I FEEL THAT 14 DAYS SO I SENT THE LETTER GIVING FIVE DAYS IN ADDITION TO THE WEEK I HAVE ALREADY BEEN WAITING FOR SERVICE ONLY BECAUSE I FEEL 14 DAYS IS WAY TOO LONG TO BE LIVING WITH MOLD/MILDEW IN MY CHILDS BEDROOM AND ALSO THE FACT THAT I AM COMING TO THE POINT WHERE I CAN DELIVER MY BABY ANYDAY NOW. IT IS EXTREAMLY UNHEALTHY TO BRING A NEWBORN BABY HOME TO THIS ISSUE. WHAT CAN I DO IF I JUST WANT TO MOVE OUT OF MY APARTMENT AND CAN I HOLD MY LANDLORD RESPONSIBLE FOR MOVING FEES.
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I wish to inform you that as per section 27-40-440 of the South Carolina Code of Laws the landlord must abide by building and housing codes that deal with the health and safety of the tenant. If house is uninhabitable then you can terminate lease and make landlord liable for the loss. For claiming loss it is necessary that landlord must e at fault. Generally mold may not be sufficient to terminate lease but if it makes house uninhabitable then you can claim relief.

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AFFA, THANK YOU FOR REPLYING TO MY THREAD. SO ALTHOUGH THE MOLD/MILDEW CAN POSE A THREAT THE HEALTH OF ME AND MY CHILDREN I DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE MY LEASE AND MOVE OUT. EVEN WITH GIVEN NOTICE TO THE LANDLORD? WHAT QULIFIES IT AS UNINHABITABLE? IT IS BLACK MOLD/MILDEW. AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "CLAIM RELIEF"
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Usually it must be black mold and present in a significant amount. Most mold is easily cleaned by bleach.
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DISAGREEABLE, THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING TO MY POST. YES IT IS BLACK MOLD AND IT WAS SPRAYED WITH BLEACH AND HAS NOT GONE AWAY THE ISSUE IS INSIDE THE WALL AND UNDER THE CARPET, AND THERE IS A VERYSIGNIFICANT AMOUNT.
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Being black in color does not make it "black mold". Please stop typing in caps, it is considered yelling. Generally speaking, when one cleans with bleach, they also use a rag, not just a spray. How do you know the issue is in the wall? You seem to be long on caring and short on wanting to do a little labor to assist in resolving the issue.Have you received a response after day 14 of the certified letter? Let us know at that point.
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It's important to realize that there are...literally...thousands of strains of mold with only two being connected to health issues in some humans. Generally these folks have significant respiratory diseases to begin with. The idea that all mold is deadly is inaccurate. Unless the mold is specifically tested, there is no way to identify the strain.

A bigger concern is why there is mold/mildew present. It is understandable that it may be present in an area that is moist much of the time such as a bathroom. It's more disconcerting when it is found in a bedroom. Is there a leak in the ceiling that may be running down the wall? Is the bedroom overcrowded with items that cuts down on the circulation and, since you live in a warm, humid part of the country (like me), mold/mildew is far more common.

Hydrogen peroxide is a more effective agent at removing this.

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AFFA, THANK YOU FOR REPLYING TO MY THREAD. SO ALTHOUGH THE MOLD/MILDEW CAN POSE A THREAT THE HEALTH OF ME AND MY CHILDREN I DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE MY LEASE AND MOVE OUT. EVEN WITH GIVEN NOTICE TO THE LANDLORD? WHAT QULIFIES IT AS UNINHABITABLE? IT IS BLACK MOLD/MILDEW. AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "CLAIM RELIEF"
The color of the mold does not identify the strain of mold. The place needs an inspection from the health department. Only then will you know what you are dealing with.

And, YES, mold can be a severe health hazard to young children, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system or bronchial/pulmonary problems. It can make one very, very sick. Mold spores get into the lungs and grow there, some more toxic than others.

There are mold remediation specialists who are qualified to identify the type of mold and the right remedy to get rid of it. There has to be water leaking from somewhere to create conditions for mold to live on.

When I was an appraiser for H.U.D., the presence of mold was one of the conditions that red flagged a place for an inspection by a properly licensed inspector for mold remediation before FHA would pass the property. The presence of mold, further, could be a signal of damaged drywall and even studs. A 'little bleach" does not cure it. Only if the surface is tiled, like a shower wall, is 'a little bleach' adequate for the job.

If you want an informed opinion of exactly what you have growing in your home, contact the Health Department and have them take a look. A report will issue with the requirement of the landlord to cure the problem. Or else!

With the report you will then have grounds to terminate your lease if the problem is not remedied in short order. For the landlord will have breached the implied habitability covenant of your lease.
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