Can a Landlord Sue a Tenant for Mold Growth?

Disclaimer: Mold cases can be complex and this short article is not meant to replace legal advice.


Can a Landlord Sue a Tenant for Mold Growth?


If you suffered from any illness due to mold contamination in your rented home, then you could sue your landlord for compensation and damage. All you need to do is to provide evidence of mold contamination and a report from a home inspector which confirming the presence of mold in the rental home.

However:

While I am not a lawyer and this article is not meant to provide legal advice, the tenant could actually be responsible for the said mold growth.

Before a tenant rushes to break the tenancy agreement, sue the landlord, and boast about it on social media, they should try to understand why the mold had grown in the first place and whether their actions or inactions would make them held responsible. Similarly, before a landlord accepts responsibility for the mold growth or blame it on their tenants, they should understand the cause of growth.

Keep in mind: the presence of mold is not always the landlord’s fault and responsibility. Your landlord could sue you if they could prove that the mold growth was due to your negligence.

And your negligence may include:

  • Noticing the mold, and not notifying your landlord in a timely manner; thus making the problem worse;
  • Causing property damage, leading to mold growth;
  • Living the lifestyle, causing and promoting mold growth, e.g. showering or cooking without using ventilation, or partaking in other activities that contribute to generating excessive moisture.
Reference: http://www.moldbacteria.com/mold/can-a-landlord-sue-a-tenant-for-mold-growth.html

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