Huntington Beach, CA, July 21st
Last month, the Gazettes
published a report about an ongoing dispute between tenants at a Long Beach apartment complex and the property management company, along with its owners. According to the article, most of the tenants recently received a three-day notice to vacate their homes due to the possible presence of mold.
Some of the tenants have now filed a lawsuit against the proper managers and landlord for failing to take corrective actions when the mold was first discovered. The lawsuit also seeks damages for medical bills, loss of earnings and other grievances.
Mold problems in multi-tenant apartments and condos can easily occur when water damage or elevated levels of humidity are not addressed in a timely manner. Mold can begin to grow in under 48 hours on most building materials, furnishing and personal belongings when enough moisture is introduced. The mold growth can not only damage materials, but can also quickly lead to indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns and potential health issues if building occupants are exposed to elevated levels of mold.
In California, tenants now have recourse when living in mold infested apartments due to a new state law that regulates housing conditions. It provides tenants with the ability to report mold problems as substandard housing.
“We hear about mold issues in apartments all the time,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Tenants should be on the lookout for signs of water damage and musty odors before they sign a lease. At LA Testing, we offer analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to help identify mold issues which can be invaluable for both people looking to rent an apartment and for those already living in a property that they think may have an existing problem.”
LA Testing has 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 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 indoor environmental test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
.About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. 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, NVLAP, CDC ELITE, 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 Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Leandro, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena.