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We have a lease on an apt and there is mold in the bathroom

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we have a lease on an apt and there is mold in the bathroom ceiling after talking to the previous renter it has been there for at least two years and the owner has just painted over it. Can we break the lease we have signed before even moving in
JA: Has the landlord been willing to address the situation? If not, what reason is being given?
Customer: they cut out a hole in the ceiling previously but did not address the situation that caused the mold leaking toilet from above so now it has come back worse then before. these are college apt
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: a call was made to the health dept in dekalb and they said all they could do was call the landlord and tell them to fix it. Not sure if I believe this to be true
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  LandlordTenantAnswer replied 2 months ago.

Hi! I will be the professional that will be helping you today. I look forward to providing you with information to help with your question and concern

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
thank you
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
no thanks this is fine
Expert:  LandlordTenantAnswer replied 2 months ago.

Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Before breaking the lease and vacating, a tenant would need to provide the landlord with written notice and give them a chance to cure. In this case, they would need to remove the mold and repair/cure the issue. Now, if they fail to do so and the mold is harmful/toxic, the rental would not be habitable and there would be a legal basis to vacate. If you wanted to have evidence to support your actions, you could call a 3rd party company to come out and assess it and determine what it is and the cost of repair and the severity of it and present that to the landlord as well.

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