Baltimore, MD asked in Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: Our tenant is requesting environmental testing of the house he is renting from us. He said he started getting sick.

We just received the below email: This email is to inform you of some serious and ongoing health issues I have been having since approximately October. After numerous appointments and extensive testing, as of last week, my doctor has concluded that there may be something in the house that could be causing my symptoms. She has suggested that I have the house tested for any environmental issues that may be present.

My child has also been experiencing symptoms as well, although not as serious as mine. However, he stays with his father for extended periods each month and therefore hasn't been in the home much.

If you could please set something up to have someone come to the house and conduct testing to see if there may be any environmental issues that could be making us sick and/or causing symptoms." No documentation from doctor.

He moved in back in July. We lived there before he moved in with no issues. This also came after we cited him for violating lease.

1 Lawyer Answer
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: As a CYA measure, I would seriously consider getting some form of testing out there. They may be blowing smoke, but if there is a real issue out there, you are going to want to know about it and get it checked ASAP. If you don't, you could be accused of being negligent and that is the point where expensive lawsuits are formed.

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