Posted by DK on August 19, 1999 at 03:53:02:
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?
The NYC Health Department has an excellent web page on mold problems.
The landlord is responsible for correcting the moisture problem that causes mold. If the
landlord ignores this responsibility, you could get a court order in housing court
to compel the necessary remedial work.
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