My children and I keep having respiratory issues sp I bought an at home mold kit that tested positive. Upon further investigation I found mold behind panelling in Drywall in the bathroom. I suspect more mold as the previous tenants showed me pictures of mold in other areas that the old landlords merely spackled over. Furthermore the current landlords never disclosed there was lead in the home and I have two children under 6. What can I do? I have notified the landlord and he is not doing anything!! HELP!!!!
Criminal Defense Attorney
Call local health dept.
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Landlord / Tenant Lawyer
If your landlord is aware of the problems and has not taken any steps to correct them, you may be able to withhold rent until the repairs are made. You should give your local health dept a call to have an inspector come look at your home. They will note any violations of the state sanitary code which will give you a much stronger basis for withholding your rent, although this is not strictly necessary. Lead, as you probably know, is a potentially serious issue. You should have your children tested by their doctor to determine whether they have unsafe levels of lead. You should also mention this to the inspector.
I would suggest that you consider speaking with an attorney who may be able to help you address these issues with the landlord. Lead, in particular, is an issue that can lead to significant claims against a landlord so it is worth discussing with an attorney what your options might be. This is especially true if your children test positive for elevated levels of lead.
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Employment / Labor Attorney
First, protect your children and yourself; lead poisoning can be fatal.
Second, contact the local board of health and request an inspection.
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