Mold Lawsuits Against Landlords
There are so many stories about lawsuits for mold and moisture damage in buildings that a special blog called MoldBlogger: Fight Mold and Win has now surfaced online. This blog is evidence of the seriousness of the issue. Many of the cases described originate during construction when important steps to prevent leakage and moisture seepage were skipped, resulting in damaging mold.
There are a few stories of tenants who have mold lawsuits against landlords. For example, two women in Delaware sued their landlord for failure to fix building construction flaws that caused mold that resulted in serious health issues. They were awarded damages amounting to over $1 million. However, most of the blog features the helpless pleas of mold victims suffering the health effects of fungus (even mushrooms) growing in their apartments and homes.
MoldBlogger points to the weakness of government standards regarding mold control. A few states like California, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, and Indiana have set minimal standards of indoor air quality. Landlords and owners are held responsible and builders are absent from the responsibility equation.
Lawyers for management companies and builders of co-op and condominium buildings have special concerns because those builders are not at arm’s length. They are looking at a large number of mold-related lawsuits. Recently, a unit owner in a luxury Park Avenue condominium filed a $400 million lawsuit against the condominium association, its board, and the building’s architects, engineers, and developer, alleging medical damages and property damage.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than ten thousand mold-related lawsuits are pending in state courts across the country. Property managers and apartment building owners are now doing everything they can to ensure that their buildings will not end up in a mold-related lawsuit.
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