Centreville, VA asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights, Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Is a landlord required to find and pay for housing if mold needs to be abated?

I live in an apartment in Anaheim California. The lease is weekly and required to pay by week and it up to a month in advance. I have been stalked and harassed and now the entire ceiling in my closest is saturated with water and brown mold in ceiling. The carpet is wet and my belongings on on the shelf above moldy hanging clothes are moldy. I am not feeling well. I just noticed it because my socks got wet.

2 Lawyer Answers
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
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Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Go to the doctor and get treated. Most insurance company have exclusions for mold. You have to use negligence theories. Be careful how to file your pleading. Best of luck.

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Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
Answered
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Jess Ranch, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Your landlord is required to provide habitable premises. The question is what caused the water leakage and the mold to appear, and whether or not you reported the problem to your landlord. The landlord might be required to offer you another unit until the mold can be remediated. Go to the Orange County Bar Association website (https://www.ocbar.org/) and click on the link Need A Lawyer? for a referral to a local lawyer who can help you.

Good luck to you.

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