T.H. from Fairfield County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
We have had a leak in both bathrooms for over a year. Maintenance has not been able to find where the leak is coming from. The condo is currently uninhabitable due to mold. What are my rights?
Mister Condo replies:
T.H., mold remediation in condominiums is a national problem. The very nature of common interest communities and not having access to some of the common elements where mold can grow and cause a problem has lead to many a lawsuit between owners and their associations, which is also my advice to you. If your condo is uninhabitable due to mold, you should consult an attorney who will likely advise you to bring an action against your association. Of course, that is provided that the mold is growing in an area that is not specific to your unit. For instance, if you had a hot tub or other fixture in your unit that was leaking and creating mold, you would be responsible for that mold. But if the mold is growing in the walls of yours and an adjoining unit, the association may well be on the hook for the mold remediation and any injury you have suffered. Contact an attorney today to find out what your rights are. Good luck!