Real Estate Law

Have real estate law questions? Ask a real estate lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

We have a mold issue in the air vent! Maintance says we r…

Customer Question
We have a mold issue...
We have a mold issue in the air vent! Maintance says we r responsible for changing air filter. And told us to get a new filter! It is in our contract that we are responsible for changing filter. He also said it hasn't been changed in a very long time. There is no date on filter. We were never given a schedule for changing it and nobody ever showed us where it was or when it was changed last! We asked for a mold inspection and remediation if necessary. They responded by asking how we were going to pay for the mold damage we caused by not changing vent! Please help! They just now fixed our garbage disposal that we put in a work order in November! Only found carrot shavings and charged us $44! *** *** ****maryanne
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Real Estate Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Answered in 12 minutes by:
1/27/2016
Real Estate Lawyer: LawTalk, Attorney replied 2 years ago
LawTalk
LawTalk, Attorney
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 37,876
Experience: I have 30 years legal experience. Additionally, in CA I held a Real Estate Broker's license.
Verified

Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Maintaining an air filter in a heating and A/C system will not prevent mold from growing in the duct work. Quite simply, mold spores pass through all but the most expensive filters and the culprit is not the mold spores themselves but moisture in the duct work---which is typically causer by excess moisture in the air or a cooling system that is too big for the space being cooled.

Likewise, a simple carrot will not prevent a normally operating disposal from functioning, and the suggestion that you are responsible for the breakdown of the disposal based on a carrot being in it is patently ludicrous and a falsity.

As for the mold problem, contact the local county health department and file a formal complaint. They should come out and check the mold levels and see if there is any toxic mold present that would dictate that the landlord must remediate the problem---at the landlord's expense. You should not have been charged for the disposal repair and you may sue to recover the expense if they will not voluntarily return the fee they charged for routine maintenance---again, which is their legal obligation to provide at no cost to you.

You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.

Please be so kind as to rate my service to you. That is the only way I am credited for assisting you.

I wish you and yours the best in 2016,

Doug

Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a real estate lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask LawTalk Your Own Question
LawTalk
LawTalk
LawTalk, Attorney
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 37,876
37,876 Satisfied Customers
Experience: I have 30 years legal experience. Additionally, in CA I held a Real Estate Broker's license.

LawTalk is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

12,142 satisfied customers

17 years real estate, Realtor. Landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

8,377 satisfied customers

Experienced lawyer

Ray

Ray

Lawyer

8,253 satisfied customers

Texas Attorney for 30 years dealing in real estate

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

37,876 satisfied customers

I have 30 years legal experience. Additionally, in CA I held a Real Estate Broker's license.

Dimitry Esquire

Dimitry Esquire

Attorney

5,526 satisfied customers

JA Mentor, multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation & admin

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

4,998 satisfied customers

Qualified attorney in private practice including business, family, criminal, and real estate issues.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,572 satisfied customers

12+ yrs. of experience including real estate law.

< Previous | Next >

Related Real Estate Law Questions
We are renting a townhome. The unit's HVAC system is very
We are renting a townhome. The unit's HVAC system is very old (30years) and the ducts are lined with fiberglass and not safe to be cleaned. We live in Los Angeles and it is now over 100 degrees. When … read more
Thelawman2
Thelawman2
Doctoral Degree
1,752 satisfied customers
House flooded twice. In Sept 2016 and Oct 2016. Water damage
House flooded twice. In Sept 2016 and Oct 2016. Water damage on floors, walls. Baseboard seperated from wall, visible mold. Notified management immediately. Still not remediated. We sent a notice to t… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,142 satisfied customers
I have the following question, please let me know the cost
I have the following question, please let me know the cost for consultation. My tenant is in California and their daughter is detected with mold symptoms. The house is tested and the result are … read more
TJ, Esq.
TJ, Esq.
Juris Doctor (JD)
11,467 satisfied customers
My husband and I are renting a home in Fort Worth, Texas. We
Hello, my husband and I are renting a home in Fort Worth, Texas. We began renting in November when we walked through the home the lights and water were not on. Once we connected the electricity we fou… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers
I just found out that the apartment I am renting is 3 blocks
I just found out that the apartment I am renting is 3 blocks from the exact point that a UCLA study determined as the most toxic zone due to proximity to the 405 freeway. I have read all the CA housin… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I live in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and my lease ends November
I live in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and my lease ends November 30 - my landlord emailed me telling me that he's keeping all of my $1,350 security deposit because of the HVAC unit that was leaking … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,142 satisfied customers
I vacated my apartment after living there a week. My youngest
I vacated my apartment after living there a week. My youngest (20 months)was bringing me BB's that were embedded in the ceiling and falling out and onto the floor. My 7 year old has allergy induced as… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,142 satisfied customers
Hello, we tried to buy House A but sellers once threw a fit
Hello, we tried to buy House A but sellers once threw a fit and refused to allow an electrical panel inspection agreed upon (which forced us to cancel our re-inspections both general and of a mold rem… read more
CalAttorney2
CalAttorney2
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
8,845 satisfied customers
My son just bought a home in MD. We had a home inspection
My son just bought a home in MD. We had a home inspection done prior to purchasing and there was a small mold issue in the bedroom downstairs by an outlet. We had it tested and they (seller) was to ha… read more
LawTalk
LawTalk
Attorney
Juris Doctor
37,876 satisfied customers
I am having problems with our rented house since day one. It
I am having problems with our rented house since day one. It started with ants all over the place, followed by mice and flooding in the bedroom with every rain. Now we had to find out that the air ven… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
31,047 satisfied customers
We have been renting a property for over a year now. 2 weeks
We have been renting a property for over a year now. 2 weeks ago, we received an email from our landlord stating that he would like to set up a time to conduct an annual inspection of the property. He… read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
In October of 2011 Energy Miser performed an energy audit on
In October of 2011 Energy Miser performed an energy audit on my home and made recommendations to make my home more energy efficient. I accepted their recommendations and they performed the work agreed… read more
BartEsq
BartEsq
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
674 satisfied customers
Hello, I have conducted a mold inspection to address our
Hello, I have conducted a mold inspection to address our tenant's claims of mold in the unit. The inspection results from an independent lab showed "low levels with no remediation recommended at this … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,543 satisfied customers
we built a home in November of 2008, since we moved in our
we built a home in November of 2008, since we moved in our Vents have had black stuff coming out of them. The builder claims it is not a problem, however we now have mold in several of our vents. I we… read more
FLACORPLAWYER
FLACORPLAWYER
Doctoral Degree
1,750 satisfied customers
An air conditioning drain pipe broke in a condo. above ours
An air conditioning drain pipe broke in a condo. above ours and put water into a closet and bathroom wall and turned into mold Drain pipe serviced three condos.. Pipe was fixed and a mold survey was c… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,543 satisfied customers
I am in a real predicument here! Here is the story We
I am in a real predicument here! Here is the story: We had been trying to buy this house since March. It was a short sale that the seller accepted our offer on. The first and second trust lenders coul… read more
Legalease
Legalease
Attorney At Law
Doctor of Law w/ highest honors
15,719 satisfied customers
I bought a house 6 months ago. Once it got cold I realized
I bought a house 6 months ago. Once it got cold I realized that I was coughing whenever I was inside the house. Air filters did not help. I got the air quality tested and moderate levels of mold showe… read more
Jack R.
Jack R.
Partner
Juris Doctor
6,136 satisfied customers
We just purchased our house in November and it passed ...
We just purchased our house in November and it passed inspection. There was roof damage in 2001 but the homeowners said it was fixed. We just found that the attic is full of black mold. We will probab… read more
Lawrence N. Rogak, Insurance Atty
Lawrence N. Rogak, Insurance Atty
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
1,032 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer 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 to propose specific action or address 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 must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential 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 (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer 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 to propose specific action or address 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 must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential 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 (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x