5 Mold Tips For Landlords

5 Mold Tips For Landlords

  • Posted: Feb 05, 2016
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At Mold Inspection Illinois, we know that being a landlord is tough work. Landlords have to keep everything organized from taxes to utilities to rent collection. Not to mention dealing with repairs that need to be made or when tenants skip out on rent.

So what happens when mold factors into a landlord’s problems? The short answer is that it can be a total nightmare. So here are our 5 mold tips for worried landlords!

1. Inspect buildings before buying them

This applies to home buyers as much as landlords, but it is a tip worth repeating. Always have any building you’re planning on purchasing professionally inspected for mold before closing the sale. It may look like the building is safe and mold-free but looks can be deceiving.

Mold can grow nearly anywhere, including inside walls. So don’t let appearances fool you. Be certain that you’re purchasing a safe building before closing the deal. it will save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

2. Make sure buildings are up to par before leasing them

If you’ve had the building inspected and it is mold-free, the next step is mold prevention. Make sure there are no potential leaks in the roof or pipes or the foundation.

You don’t want to have tenants move in and have mold growing already. Follow the Illinois building codes and don’t cut corners. It really will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

3. Document everything

If you’ve had the building inspected for mold and it came back clean, keep the documentation. Keep documents for repaired leaks and mold prevention methods as well. This will serve you if there is a future mold infestation that a tenant tries to blame you for.

If you have taken all the preventative measures possible, then documenting these things will keep you safe from lawsuits or mold remediation costs that are not your responsibility.

4. Offer tenants mold prevention tips

No one wants mold. So why not offer your tenants some mold prevention tips when they move in? The more they know, the less likely they are to make mistakes and allow mold to grow.

This will save your building from damage, keep your tenants happy, and offer proof that you’ve made an effort to keep your tenants safe from mold. It’s an easy way to boost the likelihood that your building remains mold-free.

5. Remember to be fair

No landlord wants to get a call from a tenant telling them they need to pay for a mold remediation. But it’s important to try to stay fair in these situations. Unless the mold was directly caused by your tenants’ negligence and can be proven as such, the mold remediation is your responsibility.

It’s unfortunate, but it’s just one of the realities of being a landlord. So try to stay calm and assess the situation fairly before acting. And always remember that they don’t want mold any more than you do.

With these prevention techniques, though, you should be more or less safe from mold in your buildings. So landlords remember: always get a mold inspection before buying, take preventative measures, keep tenants informed, and above all, be fair. Mold Inspection Illinois is here to help you every step of the way.

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