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Can I be tested? What is the landlord resposible for?


Our landlord neglected to have someone properly fix our roof for the last 3 years. I had been having symptoms that I attributed to my medical condition not dealing well with the humidity and pressure changes when it rained here in Virginia. A couple months out of the year, I go to Washington state for work and family and do so much better. Recently his patch work on the roof caused the roof to cave in in the main floor bathroom. Since this, my symptoms flared dramatically. Headaches, fatigue, vomiting, not being able to regulate my temperature and being in a perpetual brain fog. I went to the hospital about a two month ago, they said it was bronchitis. They did breathing treatments, gave me antibiotics, steroids, and an inhaler. After the medications were done, I was still feeling the symptoms and went back to my doctor. He could still hear the wheezing in my chest and I still had all the symptoms. Another round of antibiotics and a steroid inhaler. I went back in after the ten days for the antibiotics still feeling the same. I was given stronger steroids and allergy medications. We had someone test the air in the house and do a sample of visible mold, and black mold spores were found along with several other molds. The landlord is dismissing this being something that would be effecting my health. And refused to have a mold specialist come look at what would be needed to clean our belongings so I know how safe they are to take. We found a new place and packed what could safely be packed. We had someone come out and clean up areas that were mold exposed. We stayed in a hotel the two weeks it took to get things in place to get out. I got better each day out of the house. Every time I went back to the house to pack the “safe” areas, I would feel awful again the next day.

I am disabled which has made this so much harder on me. I had to crawl up the stairs to use the upstairs mold free bathroom because it kills my hips using the stairs so often. Plus I had no energy. No appetite. My husband is military and works long hours. We pulled favors to get help packing and moved. I have nerve damage in my feet resulting from a partial spinal tumor removal surgery. Bending, lifting, and moving things is not my strong point, especially in this condition. I don’t know our rights. What can be covered, how to prove fault, and really how to move forward with this.

My doctor referred me to an allergist at the naval hospital which I saw today. He said there was not a test for black mold or the mycotoxins and it was just a common thing here. I’m having trouble finding support and my landlord claims that since I did not grow up in the area, my body is just not use to the molds.

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Asked on January 13, 2016 6:49 pm
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Hi, I’m so sorry to hear that. We are currently in Florida and the laws may be a little different here. Mold is becoming an increasingly hot debate now that several major lawsuits have been won due to landlord negligence with mold. In In our my state, you have to notify the landlord immediately if there is mold (which you did) and if he didn’t do anything about it, well, it sounds like negligence to me, but i am not a lawyer or a judge. The thing with mold is, it will not harm you, UNLESS you have allergies. Mold triggers severe allergies, shortness of breath, athsma and in your case bronchitis. These are serious issues. And you may be entitled to compensation for your suffring. But like I said, we are not lawyers only a mold remediation company in Florida so I wish I had more advice to give you legally. But at least you’re out of that house and that is something to be grateful for.

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Answered on January 26, 2016 9:43 am

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