Posted by Anna on August 17, 1999 at 11:52:08:
In Reply to: Black Mold on Bathroom Ceiling and Walls posted by Rand JAF on August 17, 1999 at 10:23:40:
: I have a friend who lives in an apartment in a two-family home (owner lives in
: the house). After she lived in the apartment for 8 months, black mold
: started to grow on the walls and ceililng of her bathroom. She told the
: landlord who suggested she spray the place with Clorox (which she did and
: to no avail). The mold gets lighter but never goes away. She again
: approached the landlord and the landlord blamed it on her (not opening the
: window and had the nerve to incinuate she was not cleaning). I don't know
: if the fact that the bathroom was painted in flat paint helps or not but I
: know that's not a good thing. Is there anything she can do to force her
: landlord to make repairs? Her landlord is not an easy person to communicate
: with (I live in the house next door so I know) and I can't imagine her
: willingly making repairs. This apartment may be illegal because it does
: not have a certificate of occupancy. Any suggestions?
This type of recurring mold usually indicates a constant or frequently recurring water leak behind the wall, not anything coming any visible part of her bathroom. The wall & ceiling will eventually collapse.
The Warranty of Habitability applies to all rental units, not just those in multiple dwellings. If this is NYC, look at the HMC: Housing Maintenance Code, enforced by HPD 212-960-4800. Learn more first by going to Tenant.net from this board and HPD (on the NYC website)
As to the possible illegal conversion status of the apt: search this msg board: there were very detailed helpful msgs re 'illegal three's and a link to Clair Shulman's page too. Dept of Buildings has info also: on the NYC site.
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