What am I as a landlord responsible to do when a tenant starts worrying about mold?

My tenant has been complaining about feeling sick and believes it is mold related. They have not offered any proof (Doctor note or mold inspection test results) that mold could be cause of illness. What am I legally obligated to do? It is her last month in her lease and I feel like she is using this as a way to “bully” me from trying to collect the remaining amount of rent owed.

Asked on August 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Virginia


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

As a landlord of the rented property you have an obligation under the law to provide safe and habitable housing. If the tenant is complaining about "mold" you need to get a mold inspection company to come and inspect the unit when the tenant is there and have a report written up. If the inspector determines that remediation is needed, you need to rectify the situation.

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