Why Landlords Fear Black Mold

Why Landlords Fear Black Mold

  • Posted: Dec 18, 2015
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Black mold is scary to everyone, but landlords have a lot more to lose than other people. That’s because when it comes to property ownership, there are many reasons to fear mold. Here are 5 reasons why landlords are terrified of black mold.


1. It can develop almost anywhere

According to the CDC, black mold can almost grow anywhere there is moisture. That means bathrooms, basements, pipes, drains, and more. Because of its pervasiveness, black mold poses a huge risk for landlords, particularly because they are held responsible for mold invasion in their buildings.


2. It’s dangerous for their tenants’ health

If tenants are exhibiting mold exposure symptoms, landlords know they’re in trouble. Symptoms include, respiratory issues like coughing and wheezing, as well as dizziness and a general feeling of being unwell. And if tenants end up needing to be medicated, hospitalized, or worse as a result of this, the landlord is in serious trouble because he or she is liable for these issues as a result of not having treated the mold problem before it got out of hand.


3. It damages property

Mold isn’t always covered by insurance and it can essentially destroy property values, making landlords desperate to prevent mold (if they’re honest) or hide mold damage (if they’re not). It can ruin dry wall, floors, pipes, drains, and more. It can even cause structural problems in the building which can be irreparable if allowed to continue.


4. It gets worse if tenants hide it or treat it themselves

Oftentimes tenants try to hide their mold problems from landlords, particularly if they themselves are responsible for the mold issue because they don’t clean properly or don’t use a dehumidifying fan in the bathroom. This is a landlord’s worst nightmare because it means mold can steadily be damaging their property without their knowledge and they themselves may be held responsible for this damage even if it’s not their fault. Furthermore, tenants try to hide mold from landlords by attempting to remove it themselves, which can actually make matters worse. That’s because persistent mold issues can only really be treated by IICRC certified specialists. Most “mold resistant” paint and mold removal sprays only take care of the surface problem, leaving behind the roots of the mold and giving the mold a chance to grow stronger, causing further damage.


5. It’s difficult to remove

Obviously the above proves that mold is extremely difficult remove yourself and large scale remediation should be handled by professionals, making it a tiresome and often expensive hassle for landlords who own a building with a mold infestation. However, landlords can avoid these headaches if they check in with tenants often and put mold prevention techniques into place before tenants move in. They can do things like installing dehumidifying fans in bathrooms and checking the entire property for mold or potential mold before tenants arrive, so that they can prove that they are not liable if mold does end up growing.

No matter what, landlords should contact Mold Inspection Illinois if they are having any doubts about current and future tenants as well as potential property damage or a need for mold remediation.

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