Q: What are a landlord’s legal obligation to having an apartment inspected for black mold?
In Alabama, landlords are legally required to maintain safe and habitable living conditions for tenants. While specific mold laws are lacking, landlords must address mold issues, including black mold, as part of their responsibility to ensure tenant safety. This falls under the implied warranty of habitability, obligating landlords to prevent hazards that could harm tenant health.
Upon receiving reports of mold, landlords should promptly inspect and remediate the problem. Preventive actions, like repairing leaks and improving ventilation, are essential to minimize mold risks. Landlords must inform tenants about known mold issues that could impact their health and outline steps taken for resolution.
Tenants should also promptly report maintenance concerns that might contribute to mold growth.
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