Vero Beach, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: Can I break my lease early due to mold?

I'm a tenant living in an apartment complex in Florida, I wish to break my lease early (It ends in December 2022) due to black mold in and around the air vents. I've made several calls to the complex starting in mid July and nothing has been done about it other than a 30 second visit at the end of July. I've already moved my stuff out and staying with my boyfriend, but don't want to pay on the lease anymore.

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Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Just seeing "black mold" around the air vents is not enough to terminate your lease without penalty. To break your lease, you'd have to, as a minimum, have a state certified mold inspector inspect and find that the mold that's there is toxic. There are molds that are not toxic, and therefore present no harm.

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