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Question by  shiva8964 (19)

What does the law say about withholding rent due to mold in the place you are renting?

I have excessive mold in my garage and basement and yet my land lord will not get rid of it.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Most states have Landlord-Tenant laws that provide that rent be held in escrow while a dispute is settled. If there is no instrument in your state, arrange with your bank to create an escrow for the rent money. You cannot simply stop paying. Contact the Health Department about the mold.


Answer by  noey1958 (1405)

You can contact your local health department to check if the mold is dangerous. You may put your rent in an escrow account until the problem is resolved.


Answer by  Devin98 (487)

Depending on the laws of your state, you most likely will not be able to withhold rent for repairs. You will need to contact the landlord in writing via certified mail regarding the health and safety issues and allow reasonable time for repairs to be make before persuing other avenues to protect yourself and your family.


Answer by  mdjames26 (533)

Laws on this issue vary from state to state, but essentially you are legally allowed to withhold rent when the damages to a dwelling or disrepair of a rental unit make that unit unihabitable. If there is significant mold and it poses a serious health risk you have a case.

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