Health risks involved with Black Mold?


Who can be contacted when renting a home, where black mold has been found? Landlord is not complying with safety rules. Should we contact the Board of Health, or contact a mold remediation company? We should not have to finance the cost of this, correct? Massachusetts Laws? Who can give me some direction? Thank you in advance.

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  • Mojo Mojo on Oct 08, 2018

    The EPA was called in after Hurricane Katria.

  • HUD office, Board of Health, mold remediation company and document EVERYTHING including taking photos. Hang onto every receipt as eventually you will be reimbursed by the owner. Contact any landlord / tenant agency in your area. I would also hire an environmental law attorney too.

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    • Happy to help Patricia! Just be safe! Call every agency possible. Get out of there as soon as quickly as you can. It is still only October, hopefully you can find another place within a few days. I certainly would not use the same rental agency again.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 08, 2018

    The health department would be your best bet. Not sure about Massachusetts laws. However, in Alabama you would run the risk of your home being shut down. If it's that bad you don't need to be living in it. If you contact a remediation company you will be on the hook for the correction. You might have to get an attorney involved as well.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Oct 08, 2018

    I would find another place to live and if the landlord won't let you out of the lease, get a lawyer. When you win, the landlord should be responsible for you fees as well as his. Some lawyers give a free consultation, take advantage of that and see what your options are.

    • Patricia Cucchiara Patricia Cucchiara on Oct 09, 2018

      I know you are right. I already have gone to an urgent care center; I am highly sensitive to mold, Antibiotics and nasal spray. Basement door is covered with black plastic. This is no way to live. Thanks for your input!

  • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on Oct 09, 2018

    Black mould is extremely dangerous to you, and has even caused death. In Chicago a while ago, I saw a story where a baby in a crib had been put next to the bedroom wall, and the other sibling was in another part of the room. The baby died after being ill; and it was thought that it could have been infanticide. NO. It was because in the basement there was stagnant water, and dripping water. This baby is not the only baby/child to die. A friend had a straw baled house, and the instructions were wrong on how to affix the roof, to the straw bale walls. Ergo moisture got in and mould grew to such an extent, the the walls were covered in black mould. And they had to keep the door to this room shut; but that really didn't help as the mould spores were everywhere.She was very sick for years, and no-one (Dr.s) knew what was wrong. Fortunately she found an alternative health professional; but it still took a long time for her, especially, to regain her previous good health.That part of the house has now been re-constructed to the correct building standards. BLEACH WILL NOT clean mould; it only bleaches it.

  • Hi Patricia - So sorry you have to go through this. I know it's super stressful. I'm helping one of my best friends through a similar situation at her office. Your landlords are liable and must take action. I would start with your local health department and go from there.

    Mold remediation is expensive but they are still liable and must be held accountable to fix.

    In the meantime, do NOT use bleach. It will make the mold even more toxic. There is a product called Concrobium Mold Control and you can get it at Home Depot or even on Amazon. It has chemicals in it, but is more natural and a much safer and effective way to at least help you on a smaller scale. Even purchasing a dehumidifier will help - mold is not as likely to grow above 50% humidity.

    As a renter, your option to move after the lease is up may not be ideal, but at least it's easier than selling a home.

    As a side note, I'm getting ready to host an online (and free) summit at the end of October. Mold and health issues are addressed by several speakers, but specifically there is one entire session dedicated to it on Tuesday, October 30th if you want to watch.

    Good luck and blessings to you and your family during this time.

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