By: Becky Bower
No matter what time of the year it is, there’s always the possibility of mold. Unfortunately, mold doesn’t usually only grow in one place. As long as there is moisture around your rental property, you’ll always have to be on the lookout. While you’ve probably seen all kinds of mold as a landlord, it’s important to know how to diagnose and prevent it before it gets out of hand.
Diagnosing the Contaminated Areas
While the legal requirements for mold vary state by state, dealing with the contamination should be your priority regardless. If the mold grew from a broken pipe or is developing in the walls, you’ll benefit from diagnosing and dealing with the hazard yourself, preventing further (costly) damages. Make sure to look up your local and state-wide legislation on mold. For example, in California, visible mold in a dwelling is considered a substandard housing condition and a citation can be issued against you if you do not address the problem (SB 251).