Landlords must protect tenants from mold risks. There are rental laws in each state that govern the safety standards imposed on a rental property, and mold is a substantial safety hazard. If you believe you have mold in your rental property, look into your options to have the situation prepared or to exit your lease.

Look over your rental contract. Check for assurances that the apartment or house is up to code in the state.

Go to your Department of Consumer Affairs website for your state. There should be a document explaining tenant rights, and this document will let you know what options you have if you believe your apartment does not meet the safety code.

Ask your landlord for an inspection of the problem. An inspector will be able to tell you whether there is indeed mold, and then you can use this inspection information as grounds to cancel your lease.

Your landlord may offer to repair the mold, but you should know this is a dangerous habitat to live in. While the mold is being excavated, you will have to live elsewhere. Ask the landlord what provisions he or she will make for you while you cannot live in the rented residence.

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