Mold is a difficult condition for a tenant or homeowner to address. Most other problems in our home are visible and have obvious solutions. If the roof leaks, we put out a bucket and call a roofer. If the water pipes burst, we turn off the water and call a plumber. But mold may not be visible for a very long time.
Unfortunately, in the majority of cases the first clue that a home has a mold problem is when the occupants develop symptoms of respiratory or neurological problems. Mold grows in dark, often hidden, places where minor dampness can create an ideal environment. Mold can grow a long time without any obvious signs. By the time people notice black mold growing on the walls, a mold colony may have been thriving inside the walls, in the attic, or in the ceilings for years.
The Mold Delay
Sometimes people think they have no recourse because the mold was hidden from view for so long. People may feel, psychologically, that a problem discovered so long after they’ve lived in a home can’t reasonably be attributed to the builder or the previous owner or the landlord. If you’ve lived in the home for years without discovering the problem, how can it be the previous owner’s or the landlord’s fault?
The fact is that it might be. What if the previous owner or the landlord was aware of water problems and chose not to disclose the problems to you? Specific knowledge of mold is not necessary. Mold needs the right environment to grow, and if they knew about a slow roof leak that was never repaired and has resulted in mold, they can be held responsible.
The Difficulty Addressing Mold
Of course, proving that a previous owner or a landlord was aware of problems can be difficult. If you lived in the home for some time without noticing the problem, it is possible that they also did not know about the problem.
However, that doesn’t mean you simply shrug your shoulders and move on. If your family has been sickened by mold, your family deserves to know whether there is possible legal recourse against a responsible party.
If you need to consult with knowledgeable attorneys who have experience dealing with toxic mold cases, contact us today and let’s discuss the specifics of your situation. Your health, and the health of your family, depends on getting the right advice.