Can my landlord be held responsible for my expenses incurred due to a mold issue that is a result of a structural problem?

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Can my landlord be held responsible for my expenses incurred due to a mold issue that is a result of a structural problem?

I notified my landlord 15 days ago that there was a mold problem in our unit. Then followed up with a letter in writing with a request for immediate repair. Mold grew all over our closet and bedroom and damaged several of our things and we incurred a hefty dry cleaning bill. I had to take a day off work to clean up the problem. We have since moved everything out of these two rooms and are unable to use them until the problem has been fixed. Well, there have been people out to look at the issue but the problem has not been fixed. I have since missed two days of work due to this problem and incu

Asked on August 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Washington

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, a landlord is to provide his or her tenants a safe and habitable place to live. The mold that you have written about potentially impairs the safe and habitable requirement of a rental under the laws of all states in this country. If you incurred damages and expenses as the result of the landlord's negligence in not making the needed repairs caused by the water intrusion issues at the rental, you would be entitled to your reasonable damages caused by such.


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