Q: Apartment with black mold. Management agreed to remediate but dragging their feet. I'm a senior w/ asthma. Can you help?

This has been going on almost 6 months now. Have been consulting with Legal Services Alabama. But it seems we've reached an impasse. My biggest concern is whether apartment management will replace any items that must be discarded. But they're refusing to do that. And my renters insurance is too. In fact, my insurance agent tells me this is clearly the apartment's fault and they should be paying for anything I lose as result. This happened through no fault of my own but due to 2 separate water leaks - one they took over a year to correct. I've been very patient with them. And am a good tenant. Have always paid my rent on time, take good care of their property and am a quiet and considerate neighbor. But I'm not feeling well and exhausted from all the effort time spent, with no results to show for it. I'm 71 years old and have been diagnosed with mold-induced asthma.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Insurance Claims Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: This is something that an Alabama attorney is best suited to advise about, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal with the mold and the mold-induced asthma. At this point, you could reach out to injury attorneys who handle mold cases. Each state can have different guidelines and case law for these types of cases, but across the board, they tend to be difficult cases nationwide. Many firms that handle more traditional-type personal injury cases are reluctant to take mold cases on. You could see if it's possible to arrange a free initial consult. You could search law firms on your own, or you could use the Find-a-Lawyer tab above. An experienced lawyer should also review the terms of your renter's policy. Good luck

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