The sale was moving along, until tenant talked about mold

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The sale was moving along, until tenant talked about mold

There was a fabulous offer, and it was promptly accepted. Buyer ordered inspections. Things were moving along quite well.

Until the tenant mentioned mold. Buyer freaks out and bails.

But is it really mold?

The seller said he’s had no complaints from previous tenants about this particular unit, until this tenant moved in. The tenant rarely opens the windows for natural ventilation.  So naturally, mildew could form.

I remember when I first moved to San Francisco and stayed at my sister’s flat. The bathroom window was rarely cracked open, and as such, mildew formed in the ceiling and corners. My sister was afraid it was mold. Simple enough solution: I opened the windows, and washed down the mildew with bleach. Voila!

But how does one know for sure?

Here’s a A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home published by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Mold control

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.


Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips

  • When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY.  If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most     cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  • Keep indoor humidity low.  If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity.      Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.      Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.


Addressing the tenant situation

The landlord was apprised of the tenant’s concerns and will take action.

But how do we educate the tenant on what he should do to control the mold situation? Or is he hoping to scuttle the sale by scaring buyers? Or is he hoping for cash for keys? We already know that tenants from hell can, do and will jeopardize a sale.


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Rainmaker
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Lloyd Binen
Silicon Valley R since 1976;408-565-8177
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Pacita, never a dull moment.  Maybe the buyer was looking for a way out?  The tenant sounds like they may become bigger problems in the future, but it's hard to be 100% certain.  IF they're correct it could be a real problem. There is testing for the type of mold spores.  I've seen owners who had to replace sheet rock because the spores live inside the sheet rock and can survive bleaching and sealing.

August 28, 2012 09:58 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA

Paciya, we now require tenants to sign on the move in inspection that " There is no visible evidence of mold". Some tenants have tried to create mold in order to use that as an excuse to withhold rent payments. Sound slike those buyers were just looking for any excuse to bail? Mold can be treated and eliminated, no matter how bad it is.

August 29, 2012 02:45 PM
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

Frank and Sharon -- funny thing, the buyers have another change of heart and would like to get back in contract. Told them they'll have to resubmit offer after a group showing on Friday at 11 am...And there's no guarantee their offer will be the best this time.

Lloyd -- buyers came back. And tenants denied they mentioned mold (but I know they did).

Jeff -- what a good idea! But if there really was mold but it was concealed by new paint and wasn't discovered until much later ....then what?

August 29, 2012 04:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA

Pacita, Well if the landlord painted over mold, and it grew back, then there is probably a source of moisture somewhere, and it should be fixed. The sooner it is treated , the better.

August 29, 2012 05:29 PM
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

Jeff -- this landlord didn't paint. I was just curious about other possible scenarios  for other properties if the attempt was made to contain and then conceal.

September 03, 2012 06:42 PM
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali

Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
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