I began leasing a condo with three room mates. I became Ill immediately upon entering condo with rashes, breathing problems eye issues, headaches etc. Went to hospital, physician and took medication for months. Noticed mold and had it tested and paid for a Mold Testing Company. There is confirmed mold so I moved out. I wrote letter to management with findings, sent keys and asked to be let out of lease in certified letter. Question is do I have to send Management a report that I paid for? They are threatening legal action for the remaining 4 months of lease. Room mates refused to pay for mold Testing for lack of funds and now they are demanding report too. I am the one who is ill. What should I do on my own? I cannot afford an attorney.
If you have asked the landlord to let you out of the lease based on health problems you have had because of mold, they are naturally going to ask you to see the report that you are basing your request on. As I am sure you know, when you sign a lease for a specific term, you are liable for the term of the lease and just because you move out does not entitle you to unilaterally declare the lease terminated. It seems that you probably understand this, thus the request to be let out of the lease via certified letter. Do you have to send them the report? No. But if you do not, you should not expect them to just let you out of the lease. The roommates are not entitled to the report. But really, I am unsure exactly why it is that you do not want to share the report. I would think if you want out of the lease you would have no problem sharing the evidence of why with the Landlord. Similarly, if your friends are in danger, why would you not want to share it with them?
You obviously had the tests done and obtained a report for a reason. It would seem from your questions that the reason was to confirm that mold was causing your problems, and to have some proof for the landlord so that you could vacate the premises and terminate the lease. Why would you not show it to them?
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You may be missing the bigger legal issue of whether the landlord is responsible for your illness. You ought to consult an experienced personal injury attorney in your area promptly. You can locate those attorneys through the Find a Lawyer function on AVVO [see top of page]. You might consider the Stillman law firm at http://stillmanfriedland.com/nashville-law-firm or Garrett Asher in Nashville.
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