Your rights under D.C. law:
If there is mold in your apartment, you should send an email or a letter to your landlord about the mold. After getting your email or letter, your landlord must:
- Inspect the mold within 7 days.
- Remove any mold that is found within 30 days of the inspection.
The landlord must perform a visual inspection of the mold first.
- Before taking any steps to remove the mold, the landlord must perform an inspection to check for visible mold.
- This inspection must be done before the landlord takes any steps to remove the mold.
Your landlord must use a professional to eliminate large mold problems:
If a moldy area in your apartment is ten square feet or more, your landlord must use a licensed professional to assess the mold problem, and another licensed professional to eliminate the mold.
- How do you know if you have ten square feet of mold in your apartment? Use a ruler to measure the moldy areas in your apartment. Multiply the height of a moldy area by the width of a moldy area. For example, if a moldy area in your apartment is 5 feet high and 2 feet wide, you have “ten square feet” of mold.
- If you have ten square feet of mold, the landlord must use a mold professional to fix the problem.
- The mold professional must remove the mold in a way that protects the health of you and your family.
If the area affected by the mold is less than ten square feet, the landlord may fix the mold problem without using a licensed mold professional. But the landlord still should:
- Consult a licensed mold professional before doing the work.
- Do the work in a way that protects the health of you and your family.
- Follow guidelines for getting rid of mold written by the D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment.
Some things to remember:
- The landlord should not just paint over the mold. This will not fix the problem.
- The landlord should fix any moisture or ventilation problems that caused the mold problem. This will help make sure the mold does not come back.
- The landlord must tell new tenants who are applying if there was more than 10 square feet of mold in an apartment during the previous 3 years unless the mold was eliminated by a licensed mold professional.