Ten Steps to Avoid Mold Problems and Lawsuits in the Rental of Residential and Commercial Real Estate

Written by Phillip Fry

Real estate residential and commercial landlords, tenants, and rental agents inrepparttar USA, Canada, and worldwide should take ten steps to avoid mold problems and lawsuits inrepparttar 110075 rental of real estate properties, according to Phillip Fry, Certified Mold Inspector and author ofrepparttar 110076 books Mold Legal Guide and Mold Health Guide.

Living or working in rental units that contain elevated levels of airborne mold spores and/or substantial mold growth infestation can cause very severe (and sometimes permanent) health problems torepparttar 110077 tenants.

Landlords have ethical and legal obligations to tenants to provide an environmentally safe, habitable living space (residential rentals) or workplace (office and commercial rentals). Those obligations go unmet when a rental unit is mold-infested.

Landlords may have potential and substantial legal liability to tenants for such compensatory damages as: expenses for medical mold diagnostic and treatment procedures, loss of earnings, mold damage to tenants' clothing and personal property, higher rent differential ifrepparttar 110078 tenants need to move to a mold-safe place, moving expenses, any tenant-paid expenses (such as mold inspection, testing, and remediation ofrepparttar 110079 rental unit and tenant possessions), and punitive damages (jury-awarded).

A Hayward, California, jury in 2004 awarded $4 million dollars in damages because of mold infestation and other substandard living conditions on behalf of 124 past and present tenants of an apartment building whose owner failed to do proper mold remediation and maintenance ofrepparttar 110080 mold-infested apartments. Take these ten steps forrepparttar 110081 mutual well-being of bothrepparttar 110082 landlord andrepparttar 110083 tenants---

1. A property owner or manager should not even offerrepparttar 110084 property for rent until after a thorough mold inspection and mold testing ofrepparttar 110085 entire rental building or of individual rental units (prior to rental) determines thatrepparttar 110086 property is mold-safe for tenants to live or work in.

2. Hire a Certified Mold Inspector (USA and Canada) for an annual property mold inspection and mold testing, or at least use a do-it-yourself mold inspection checklist and mold test kits for a thorough mold examination and evaluation ofrepparttar 110087 rental building.

3. If there has been a plumbing line break or leak, roof or siding leaks, flooding, storm damage, or other water intrusion problems,repparttar 110088 building should be thoroughly and promptly mold inspected, tested, and remediated as part ofrepparttar 110089 water damage repairs and restoration.

4. If mold inspection and testing uncovers visible or hidden mold problems,repparttar 110090 property owner or manager should immediately do safe and effective mold removal and remediation. Hire a Certified Mold Remediator (USA and Canada), or followrepparttar 110091 recommended steps for safe and effective do-it-yourself mold remediation. Re-inspect and re-test (“clearance testing”)repparttar 110092 building after remediation.

Okay Monkey Put Down The Fruit and Raise Your Arms

Written by S N James

“I’ll get you, ya varmin”! Vermin -repparttar scourge, tramps & vagabonds ofrepparttar 110074 animal kingdom. This isrepparttar 110075 stereotypical view of vermin who are inconsequently considered a menace. In South Africa (SA) vermin paints a more disturbing picture. It is not overly well known ofrepparttar 110076 disgraceful neglectrepparttar 110077 endangered wildlife have inrepparttar 110078 3rd largest biosphere. I was shockingly made aware of this during a recent trip torepparttar 110079 country.

The reason forrepparttar 110080 trip was to volunteer inrepparttar 110081 rehabilitation ofrepparttar 110082 vervet monkey, indigenous to SA. This small, black faced, green skinned primate is one of such “problem animals” who are disregarded by authorities, despiterepparttar 110083 fact that it is listed as endangered.

I had no clue what a vervet was or aware ofrepparttar 110084 vermin tag and what it meant when I had arrived. Rehabilitatingrepparttar 110085 vervet was one ofrepparttar 110086 possible rabbits picked out ofrepparttar 110087 hat, my aim was purely volunteering and to see if I could make a difference.

Killing for food, for survival or even to protect your livelihood would be natural. This would seem to be a valid reason, but what ifrepparttar 110088 information available portrays a distorted and inaccurate image. Coupled withrepparttar 110089 typical view that comes with this classification, could other motives be involved or just making an opportunity from it? Considerrepparttar 110090 Matapatcha affair. It is an organisation that deals inrepparttar 110091 supply of monkeys to labs. One of their clients is one that conducted activities within a government owned nature reserve. Despite if there is or not a connection, there are organisations who will with no ethics exploit these animals for their own personal gain. Or even to justifyrepparttar 110092 killing of them.

The vermin laws in SA allow you to kill any “problem animal” without any consequential criminal charges. For example,repparttar 110093 underlying reason for farmers inrepparttar 110094 agricultural industry for murdering these animals isrepparttar 110095 belief that they damage their crops and thus their income. Arthur Hunt ofrepparttar 110096 Vervet Monkey Foundation has closely studiedrepparttar 110097 vervet monkey for nearly two decades and dedicated for life to learning further. Part of his research has been whether they do cause damage to crops. Accompanied byrepparttar 110098 farmer in nearly every case visited Mr Hunt had shown with his acquired knowledge thatrepparttar 110099 monkey doesn’t damage their crops.

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