|By: None Specified|
|Date: April 1, 2002|
- Mold contamination in residential properties has resulted in several well-publicized lawsuits claiming both personal and property damage. Even though there are no federal or state regulations defining which molds are harmful or what air concentrations of mold pose a threat to health, many owners find they must rebut the presumption that the mere presence of mold renders an apartment uninhabitable.
- This paper reviews useful guidelines provided by the EPA, CDC and various state and municipal health organizations. The steps available to stem liability and to appropriately deal with resident concerns/complaints are addressed and a sampling of recent litigation, verdicts and settlements is provided.
- It was updated on April 1, 2002. Specific sections revised include:
- State and local legislative activities (pages 3-5);
- Recent studies (pages 9-10);
- Guidance for maintenance technicians (page 26);
- Insurance coverage (pages 27-32); and
- Recent published verdicts and settlements (pages 45-48).
Minor changes were made to other sections, including: allergic reactions to mold (pages 8-9); detecting mold – assessment and remediation (pages 10-11); and identification and correction of IAQ problems (page 25). Also, an attachment was added which highlights our federal policy objectives regarding mold.
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