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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My attny pointed out to me that only a tiny fraction of the mold claims are real.

Many tenants, agents and others cry "Mold", yet have no idea what they are talking about.

Get an expert before getting too excited about it.

And fixing the problem is not that tough either once you eliminate the moisture problem.

Jun 17, 2017 09:15 PM
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Bring in a mold remediation expert.  Don't renew the lease of this tenant - they are trouble.

Jun 18, 2017 06:33 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Consult a professional.

Jun 18, 2017 03:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

there are many strains of mold....most are not dangerous and can be removed with bleach....others are deadly.....need to call a specialist to determine what is there.....

Jun 18, 2017 05:18 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

People over react to mold. What does the lease say? You can always have a mold expert verify, fix the leak, and move on. Renters are known for coming up with excuses like " mold" to get out of or delay paying the rent.

Jun 18, 2017 03:43 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

If the issue was "mechanical," it's probably covered by their home owner insurance.

BTW, you don't need to have carpet to get mold and mold can develop in 48 hrs.  And, even without mold, water can create damage to floor/subfloor. 

So, it seems to me that someone needs to go there and inspect the area to see what's going on.  Try to get an expert.

Also, BTW, most places have mold - prob 99+% places.  But most mold is harmless to our health (even though they may cause damage to the house).  You can really only tell if mold is a problem through a test.  If it smells, there is probably an issue.

Jun 18, 2017 02:46 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I agree with Bob Crane .  Get an expert.  A

Jun 17, 2017 10:09 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Have it inspected and dealt with accordingly; it's against the law in CA to ignore a reported mold concern.The lease dictates who pays for what.

Jun 18, 2017 07:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

I am not an expert regarding mold but I have access to those who can identify and remediate such concerns if necessary.   

Jun 18, 2017 06:38 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I'm with Bob Crane - get the expert out and well-document the fact that there is no mold - put this baby to rest!  It's an inexpensive way to avoid those claims down the road, should the tenant take you to court with this claim.

Jun 18, 2017 06:27 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Hire a mold remediation company to address...

Jun 18, 2017 06:09 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Always be proactive and address anything claimed to be mold. There are companies that do that. For one thing you do not want your property damaged and second you do not want the liability arising by refusing to acknowledge or investigating that there might be mold present. A tenant can claim severe health consequences resulting from mold in a home. This is a litigious society.

Jun 18, 2017 05:44 AM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

The landlord needs to get a mold professional in there to take samples/test it. 

Jun 18, 2017 03:32 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

You I would have a professional look at the alleged problem area

Jun 17, 2017 11:39 PM
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

Get a mold test done. Then re-consider him as a tenant when renewal time is up. A Landlord must be pro-active.

Jun 18, 2017 06:43 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Ventilation plays a big part in this. Investigation required and in many cases a thorough cleaning saves the day. 

Jun 18, 2017 06:36 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

They can not just ingbore it, i would have a professional check and get a record of it. If none i have proof. If there is, cure it so it does not get worse or happen again

Jun 18, 2017 05:25 AM
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

You need an inspector who specializes in mold to opine.

Jun 18, 2017 03:54 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Get legal advice.

Jun 18, 2017 02:45 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

I agree with Bob Crane get an expert to assist you.

Jun 18, 2017 12:19 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Many goo answers already.

Jun 18, 2017 10:06 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hire a expert to determine if there is a mold issue. 

Jun 18, 2017 08:57 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Mild expert for evaluation. -Kasey

Jun 18, 2017 08:28 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

You're just bouncing all over with thoughts .... 

Here's mine:  toilet leaked for how long to cause mold damage? Not a week or a few days. Tenant is looking to get out of lease. Let them call 'whoever' to conduct mold test at their own cost. 

Jun 18, 2017 08:13 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Most mold claims are false. It's typically claimed by tenants looking to break their lease early or to get a break in rent.

There hasn't been enough time for this leak to create a major mold infestation and impact their health. It can typically be cleaned up with a bleach-water solution in minutes.

Fix the leak, clean up the mold if there is any, and move on.

Jun 18, 2017 07:11 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Time to call in the professionals.

Jun 18, 2017 06:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Have a mold evaluation done by a reputable firm first to find out what's what, and what needs to be done for remediation.

Jun 18, 2017 11:44 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Water has to sit for a while to cause mold.  I had a rental where there was a prolonged hot water leak under the house.  Called my home owners insurance and they did a mold test as part of their procedure.  They found mold and remediated it.  Cost me my $1,000 deductible.  They replaced plumbing, floor, sub-floor, drywall and had professional mold abatement for half the house.  Plus they covered my lost rent for the month it took to fix the issue.


My advice: Call your home insurance!

Jun 18, 2017 10:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Mold can become a major issue.

Jun 18, 2017 08:23 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Looking for repair or compensation. If not acted on it quickly health dept, housing authority. Thomas J. Nelson says the same.



Jun 18, 2017 07:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Consult a professional who can assess the situation and any damage that meeds immediate attention.

Jun 18, 2017 07:08 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Call in someone who is an expert in this field. They will tell them one way or the other.

Jun 18, 2017 06:15 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I need more information.

Jun 18, 2017 05:47 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Joe Pryor nailed this one!

Jun 18, 2017 05:03 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

If you think it is, it will be!

Jun 17, 2017 10:22 PM
John Lapotaire, CIEC
Indoor Air Quality Solutions, IAQS - Winter Springs, FL
Indoor Air Quality Solutions, IAQS

The type of mold does not matter and sampling is not necessary. 

Find the source of the water supporting the mold and correct it.  Have a licensed mold assessor establish the extent of the mold damage and then hire a licensed mold remediator to remove it.

From the CDC website.  “The term "toxic mold" is not accurate. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. Hazards presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins should be considered the same as other common molds which can grow in your house. 

The CDC Position on Toxic Mold and Stachybotrys.


All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health


The "Black Mold" and "Toxic Mold" scare tactics must end.

Oct 08, 2017 12:47 PM
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Above my scope of expertise, would have a mold expert evaluate.

Jun 21, 2017 07:39 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Mold can be a major problem and could be reason to move out.


Jun 19, 2017 10:59 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Beyond the scope of agent expertise to handle. Avoid getting pulled into this

Jun 19, 2017 05:51 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Reached out to you because you are a mold inspector? Seems, you are not. Bring a mold inspector and be done with that. 

Jun 18, 2017 11:13 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Mold is dangerous if a person is allergic, but it can causse issues for those who are not

Jun 18, 2017 07:33 PM
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

it depends

Jun 18, 2017 03:32 PM