Sunnyvale, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: How do I walk away from a CA rental lease agreement with a Property Management Company, when there is evidence of mold?

I signed a 12-month CA Apartment lease with no exit clause. We noticed symptoms of black mold a week before moving in during the walk-through with the property manager. After moving in and with persistence he dispatched a plumber, who found no plumbing issue and recommended digging the kitchen under-sink cabinets to find the source.

The property manager took no action, stating the previous tenants had not complained and it would be too costly to tear things up. I hired a 3rd party to a sample from the moldy area, with documented evidence of high levels of black mold, which I shared with the property manager, who agreed to send an assessor from a mold remediation company 3 weeks into our lease term. We do not feel safe here, yet cannot prove the property manager had concealed reporting mold (landlord lives in China), based on the 2016 CA mold disclosure law. How do I walk away from this lease w/o any liability, when the prop mgr tells me I am liable until he rents the apt again?

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Jingzhan Wang
Jingzhan Wang
  • Tianjin, Tianjin

A: in which city the house is located.

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