“Building Owners and Renters Working Together to Solve Mold Problems
When you can see or smell mold or it keeps growing back in the home, everyone must take steps to fix the problem.
If you are a renter, you should do your best to increase air flow, if you can.
And, you are responsible for telling your building owner about leaks, dampness, or mold.
A building owner is responsible for providing safe and healthy housing without mold.
It is best when building owners and renters work together to find solutions.
Sometimes building owners do not fix the mold problem in a reasonable amount of time.
When this happens, renters can get a letter from a doctor, legal aid, or housing organization, informing the building owner about why the mold is a problem.
A renter can file a complaint with the Code Enforcement office in their city or county.
Renters can contact legal aid or housing organizations to get advice.
Taking action with these organizations can take time.
No matter what it takes, everyone has the right to live in a safe and healthy home without mold.
For more information, see the other videos in these series.
Visit the California Department of Public Health website, cdph.ca.gov/mold, for information about mold in the home.
This web page links to information on renters’ and building owners’ rights and responsibilities.”
Series: “Mold in the Home Video Series is created by the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Public Health. It is designed to answer basic questions about mold in the home using plain language in English and Spanish.”
This Video: “An animated sixth video in the 6-video Mold in the Home Video Series. It includes the rights and responsibilities of tenants and building owners around mold in the home, and how they can work together to find solutions.”
Produced and published by the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Published November 7, 2022.