Tuscaloosa, AL asked in Personal Injury for Alabama

Q: What can I do about mold infestation and foundation problems in my rental?

Mold was first addressed in 2017 growing in the bathroom ceiling. Landlord remedy was bleach. When mold came back, it was again cleaned with bleach and painted. Mold continues to resurface. I recently found mold growing behind bathroom walls. Landlord again offered to clean with bleach and assured us this was simple shower mold. She refused to even look at the photos of mold behind the wall or hear about the musty smells coming from the cracks in the attic. We refused her offer this time and explained that we'd had several health issues that's caused by mold exposure and that we didn't think the problem was being handled properly. She then served us a 30 day notice saying we refused workers. So I did my own little investigation and realized the problem is bigger than mold. The bathroom has no ventilation, no insulation, and no windows. The ceiling and walls are cracking. We've had several leaks underneath the house, the last one being the hvac unit. What are my rights as a tenant?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. In terms of your question about rights as a tenant, a landlord-tenant attorney could advise on those. I'm sorry your question remains open for four weeks. It may have been overlooked in the Personal Injury category. There's no guarantee all posts are ultimately picked up, but you could try reposting under the Landlord-Tenant category. In terms of injury-related rights related to mold, you could reach out to personal injury law firms. Nationwide, these can be difficult cases, but a local law firm would be in the best position to advise meaningfully on that aspect of the situation. Good luck

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