My boyfriend and I currently are living in Whistler, BC. We live in a top unit with 5 other roommates. We have been

Expert's Assistant chat
Customer: Hi, 

My boyfriend and I currently are living in Whistler, BC. We live in a top unit with 5 other roommates. We have been having issues with mold around our all of windows. We have been staying on top of wiping things down when it appears, and using the bathroom fan after and during showers. However we have discovered that the back corner of our closet, where my boyfriend kept his ski bag over the summer, has developed a bunch of black mold. We have removed everything in our closet into our room since finding this out. We have had to throw out the ski bag, and other items. Our landlord is sending our maintenance man over tomorrow. She made it sound like he is going to spray the area down and paint over it with a special paint to kill the black mold. Our basement neighbours have also mentioned that they have had black mold on their baseboards that was wiped down. The area with black mold in our closet is quite large and the ceiling has some on it too.

 I am concerned the issue is bigger than just a wipe down and do not want to be living in a unit that can pose as a potential health threat to myself and others. We keep our area clean, no dirty towels, or food that could cause an issue like this in our room. I am wondering what our options are if I don’t think that a wipe down will fix the problem? 

Thank you for your time, 
Brittany
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: British Columbia, Canada
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: Issuing regarding black mold. We are on a 6 month lease that we renewed in October.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No that's all for now
Answered by Debra in 29 mins 8 months ago
imglogo
Debra
10+ years of experience
logo

164660 Satisfied customers

Expert in: Family Law, Legal, Estate Law, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Business Law, Consumer Protection Law, Bankruptcy Law, Traffic Law, Personal Injury Law.

logoBack
logologo
Debra
logo
logo
164660 Satisfied customers
logo
10+ years of experience
imglogo
Debra
10+ years of experience
logo

164660 Satisfied customers

Jessica

Jessica

Consultant

31,131 Satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Lawyer's, Assistant
116 Lawyers are online right now.
img

Debra, Expert

Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.
img

Debra, Expert

I know your question is important to you and I will be giving it the time and attention it deserves.


Sometimes responses and replies take time, so I ask you to be courteous and patient to allow me the time to type answers to you and also to others. At times I may even have to do some research.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

Have you asked to have a mold removal company in?

Customer
Hi Debra! Thanks for helping me out
Customer
We have not. The maintenance man our landlord uses is the one who will be coming in tomorrow
Customer
He wants to spray it down and repaint but I'm concerned that will not be enough to get it since it's quite large
img

Debra, Expert

Here is the answer to your query. Please do not hesitate to ask any follow up questions related to this response and know that I will respond as soon as I can.

So I am a lawyer and not a home repair expert but I have to tell you that we got mold in my basement because we had a flood before and I absolutely had to have a mold removal company in and there was no possibility, and I mean none, that the walls could be washed. I had to have the drywall removed and replaced and a lot of other mold killing steps taken but washing the mold was not possible. It does not remove the mold. It hides it.

So you should insist on a professional mold removal company to do the work. They take precautions so the spores do not escape into the air. They handyman come later to repair the drywall and then paint.

From a legal point of you your landlord owes you a duty to keep the home in a state of good repair and that certainly means keeping the home mold free just as they are required to keep the home pest and vermin free. If the landlord refuses to do this then you can take the landlord to the residential tenancy board for an order requiring them to do so.

Does that help?

img

Debra, Expert

Is there anything more I can help you with before I mark this question as complete?
Customer
No that's all good, thanks for your help :)
img

Debra, Expert

Thank you for trusting us to help you here at JustAnswer. If you need more clarification or have a follow-up question just reply and we can continue our dialogue. If you would like to ask me new questions please start a new post and if you do if you say “This is only for Debra” I will be sure to give your post top priority.

Although I can’t always give good news, I am direct and do my best to simplify things for people to understand.

Thank you very much!

Best wishes,

Debra

Ask a lawyer and get your legal questions answered.
See all Legal Questions
img
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
img
logo 593 Verified lawyers, 10+ years of experience
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on Askalawyeroncall.com are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. Askalawyeroncall.com is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response as proposing specific action or addressing your specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances should be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on any information received from an Expert, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains. The responses above are from independent, freelance Experts, who are not employed by Askalawyeroncall.com . The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credentials of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service.
Explore law categories
Powered by JustAnswer