Garden Grove, CA, March 24th, 2016
A new law in California is giving tenants living in a moldy rental unit recourse for the first time. The bill, which recently went into effect, amends the Health and Human Safety code that regulates housing conditions. It provides tenants with the ability to report mold problems to officials as substandard housing. Once reported, officials can demand repairs and fine landlords if the repairs are not completed.
Mold in apartments is a common problem. Although it seems to impact low-income housing the greatest, mold problems can occur even in luxury accommodations. Any type of water damage or the presence of elevated humidity levels can result in the growth of mold in a short period of time.
Tenants living in a moldy apartment may encounter various health concerns. These range from allergies and respiratory irritation to triggering asthma in some people with the condition. Exposure to elevated levels of mold can also result in hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and some types of mold associated with moldy indoor environments can cause infections in people with a weakened or suppress immune system.
“Residents of California should not be forced to live in apartments with elevated levels of mold,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “The new state law finally gives tenants recourse to have mold problems in their home addressed. For tenants concerned about whether they are being exposed to elevated levels of mold, LA Testing offers comprehensive mold analysis, sampling supplies and even consumer test kits. These services not only provide valuable information about the presence of mold, but can also be instrumental for showing proof of mold if a tenant has to report a mold problem. Testing is also important after the problem has been addressed to show the mold problem has been properly remediated and resolved.”
LA Testing recently sponsored a video about apartments, mold and indoor air quality that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/AFjuj-Asb5I.
To learn more about mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing or other environmental, occupational, health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to consumer-friendly indoor environmental test kits, please visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other substances. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.