Huntington Beach, CA, October 3rd, 2018
Earlier this year, four apartment renters in San Francisco filed a complaint against their landlord alleging breach of implied warranty of habitability and other counts. One of the primary issues in the complaint involved the issue of mold in the renters’ homes. The tenants brought to light questions about how mold concerns were handled and complained of medical issues they claim were due to mold exposure.
Unfortunately, cases like this happen all too often between renters and landlords. This scenario reinforces the importance of thoroughly inspecting a property before signing a lease or rental agreement.
“Landlords and tenants are bound to deal truthfully when negotiating a lease, so prospective tenants should ask about issues dealing with mold, past flooding events, sewage contamination, asbestos, lead and radon,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Once in a rental agreement or lease, it’s important for people to remember that new mold can begin to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours if a water damaging event occurs indoors and is not handled properly. Most building materials and furnishing readily support the growth of mold when they are wet or damp.”
California residents looking to rent an apartment, house or commercial property can turn to LA Testing for comprehensive indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services to help determine if mold or other contaminants and pollutants are in a property. LA Testing even offers easy-to-use test kits for everything from common allergens and mold to lead, radon, methamphetamine residues, vermiculite, bed bugs, drinking water and smoke residues. In addition, they carry a full line of building inspection equipment to help identify water damage and other issues associated with IEQ problems. LA Testing has also sponsored an educational video about apartments, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/J_otaemw2nA.
To learn more about testing for mold or other indoor air quality and environmental 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 indoor 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, 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, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.