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Thank you. The landlord has a legal obligation to make sure the rental is habitable. If she allowed your mother access to the rental and to take possession and there are issues, she needs to correct them. If it very possible that she was aware and simply hoped your mom did not notice and if the smell was that strong, there is evidence to possible support that claim. If she refuses and now your mom has to vacate, then she could sue her for the damages suffered, as a result of the landlord failure to fix this and forcing her to move, for health reasons
Demand that the landlord replace the carpeting. If she refuses, advise that you will sue for money paid and all additional costs incurred in moving and finding another place to live and any difference in rent.
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