All landlords have certain responsibilities towards their tenants and a majority of them do a stellar job of living up to these responsibilities but as we often see; there is always room for error. In most cases, these errors on the part of the landlord take place during the process of signing up a rental agreement or contract. It is at this phase that many landlords fail to make mention of certain hazards on the property. It is a common occurrence for tenants to file lawsuits against their landlords for non-disclosure of hazards on the property which ultimately have an adverse effect on the health and well-being of the tenants. The recurring property hazards that often attract such lawsuits are lead-based paints and toxic mold on the property.
Lead-Based Paint Hazard
Lead-contaminated dust on the premises is a common occurrence when lead-based paints on property walls or doors and windows tend to peel off. This contaminated dust is the number one reason for lead poisoning. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development along with the United States Environmental Protection Agency requires complete disclosure of lead based-based paint hazards before a property can be sold or leased out.
Mold Based Hazards on Property
Mold is a legitimate concern for renters as exposure to toxic mold and the ailments caused by it can lead to thousands of dollars in hospital bills or even death due to brain damage. Under such circumstances, landlords and previous homeowners are open to lawsuits for non-disclosure of mold hazards on the property before a sale or lease agreement could be settled upon.
WARNING!!! Must disclose any hazards on the property