A recent client had toured another apartment to potentially move into after I had inspected his present apartment and finding mold and wet conditions present. Upon entering he immediately noticed a ‘mold-like’ odor and then told the property agent with him that there was mold present. The agent then responded, ‘how did you know?’.
In the last 18 months I have performed several inspections for rental clients who were needing to have prospective residences they were considering moving into inspected for potential moisture or mold issues to verify there were no such issues. In each case there were definite moisture/mold issues present that needed to be addressed before move in and the lease being signed.
So, it appears that most every residence will have one or several moisture/mold issues. In addition, the landlords many times are aware there have been mold issues but try to hide the fact from prospective tenants even though California law requires landlords (and their agents) to disclose even ‘possible mold’ issues not to mention confirmed mold issues to prospective tenants of the past 10 years.
What can you do to protect yourself? As seen above having the prospective residence inspected for potential moisture/mold issues is becoming more important to safeguard your health. Yes, it does cost some money to do this. Typically, these inspections can run from $300 to $450 for small apartments to the slightly above average home. But this can be well worth it to safeguard your health and avoid dealing with these issues with your landlord.
Steve Mullins (i.e. Mold Detector)
Certified Microbial Consultant, CMC
Moisture and Mold Detection, Inc.