In New York City, mold is both preventable and dangerous*. Property owners and managers have a legal obligation to keep buildings in good condition so that mold will not form and endanger the health of tenants. As a tenant, it is important to recognize the signs that mold might be present and to know what you should do if you suspect mold in your apartment.
Is There Mold in My Apartment?
Mold may be present in your apartment if you:
- See a furry, slimy or powdery substance in a damp area of your apartment.
- Smell something that is musty or stale.
- Experience a cough, congestion, or breathing trouble in the area where you suspect mold, but it clears up when you are elsewhere.
What Should I Do if There is Mold in My Apartment?
If there is a small area of mold in an apartment, then you may try to clean it yourself. However, if the area is large or comes back after you have tried to clean it, then you should request that your landlord fix the problem. A professional mold abatement company may be necessary.
If you, or your loved ones, have been hurt by the mold in your apartment then you should seek the assistance of a New Jersey or New York mold injury lawyer. Our New York and New Jersey premises liability lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation. Call us today at 1-800-362-9329 for more information.
*Source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Mold Fact Sheet