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Old 11-04-2013, 11:50 AM   #16
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the panelling disappeared. thanks .. I will not act hastily.. I am being a bit freaked out.. as long as I am safe health wise and repair man fixed the problem, I am fine.

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I don't think we know yet where you are and apparently you aren't interested in saying.

I am a landlord in Iowa and the way it works here is probably similar to a lot of other states. Say your furnace goes out and let's also say that you know your landlord is very slow or never fixes anything.

The tenant needs to notify the landlord immediately in writing. This is called a notice to cure. Then the landlord has say 3 days to cure the problem. If it isn't done by then, the tenant can cure the problem and deduct the cost of this from the rent.

It works the same way for the landlord. Let's say the landlord comes into his property and notices that it is all dirty or that the walls have all been painted red. The landlord then gives the tenant a 3 day notice to cure and if the tenant hasn't taken care of the problem by then, the landlord can do the repair or whatever and tack it onto the rent.

Naturally it is much easier to deduct a sum from what is owed than to collect money.

Anyway, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the law. There is an organization here which gives out a free booklet about the landlord/tenant relationship. There is almost always an organization like this in university towns as well, because trashing an apartment and wondering why you didn't get your deposit back is part of the university experience anymore.
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Some people are very sensitive to mold. You sound like one of them. It is nothing to mess around with. Were I you, I'd not spend another day in that house. Notify the landlord that you are moving out, why, that you'll no longer be paying rent, and that you'll be notifying the authorities about him and his unsafe rental(s). If he's this casual about his renters' health and safety, what else could be a problem that just hasn't surfaced yet? How many other rentals does this landlord have that are in similar condition?

I've successfully broken a couple of leases over the years because of smaller problems than yours. In those cases, it wasn't hard to show that the properties were in violation of local occupancy laws (specifically, lead paint abatement and required registration/inspection of rental units) and couldn't legally be rented in the first place.

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In some areas, like here in rural Missouri, COs are not required, so everything is a fight. But I still would not live with mold.
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It's time for pen, paper, envelope, stamp... and certified mail.
Make a xerox copy and mail that to yourself. Don't open it.

In writing... ask for a suitable remedy within a specified time frame.
Two weeks for non habitability issues is a reasonable time...
before contacting the County for Code Inspections.
What is that for?
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hello again, thank you all very much for your advice. I live in Grand Bend , Ontario Canada... it is mostly retirement community on Lake Huron. I own a small travel agency in town. The area between the baseboard should be (it has been removed) and the floor has not dried. The area of the mold on the wall was 8' x 6'.
The cottage is approx. 1,000 sq feet
I would think maybe there is mold under the floor as well? There are by laws here but it is pretty lax.. the by law office has to have evidence to even come out and inspect the exterior building.. I thought what has happened would be enough but maybe not. I am still looking into this. Thanks again. Dana
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hello again, thank you all very much for your advice. I live in Grand Bend , Ontario Canada... it is mostly retirement community on Lake Huron. I own a small travel agency in town. The area between the baseboard should be (it has been removed) and the floor has not dried. The area of the mold on the wall was 8' x 6'.
The cottage is approx. 1,000 sq feet
I would think maybe there is mold under the floor as well? There are by laws here but it is pretty lax.. the by law office has to have evidence to even come out and inspect the exterior building.. I thought what has happened would be enough but maybe not. I am still looking into this. Thanks again. Dana
if you have a busisness in town i would ask them to come out and take a look, i would see if the fellow that came out and took out the pieces with the mold to give them or come in and say what he found ? the by law office has to have evidence to even come out and inspect the exterior building.. I thought what has happened would be enough but maybe not. I am still looking into this , i wouldn't stay in this house, if the floor's are demp mold may be every where, mold has to have moister to grow, if you could stay some place for or tell the people come out and inspect the place, or maybe you could call some mold people to inspect the place, this would put your mind at ease or make you more out. good luck
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Myth 3: Black mold can cause some truly terrifying diseases.
Google “black mold” and you’ll find websites linking it to some frightening maladies – things like seizures, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, cancer.
“This has been attributed to cause all kinds of ailments,” Stukus says. “But there is absolutely no scientific link of a causal disorder to black mold to any of these disorders.”
But the most black mold can do to you is cause allergic rhinitis and asthma symptoms — if, that is, you're allergic to mold in the first place.
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I've wondered about that. I've been around lots of the stuff with no side effects.

I've wondered about that. I've been around lots of the stuff with no side effects.

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