Molds are fungi that grow most easily in warm, damp environments. In some cases, exposure to mold indoors can impact people’s health. Learn more.
Mold in rental properties
The Health Department does not have a program with enforcement authority to address mold complaints inside residential property.
Often times, residents of rental properties have concerns about mold. It is important that tenants act as a partner with landlords to help address living conditions.
Renters should take steps within their control to limit the potential for mold growth.
- Regularly clean the apartment/home
- Checking for any type of leak and notify the landlord if found.
- Advise your landlord or maintenance department of any related observations or concerns.
Apartment landlords generally are responsible for taking corrective action on mold issues beyond minor mildew-type growths that can be handled with regular cleaning. The same often goes for rental homes, though it may depend on the specifics of individual rental contracts. Tenants may need to seek legal counsel to help answer questions about such responsibilities.
Unfortunately, most local jurisdictions do not have ordinances or programs that allow local officials to investigate or take enforcement action inside residential property for mold issues, but residents should contact their city or county to check.