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Posted: 08 August 2015 - 02:01 AM
Hi Carmelita,

Is your sister's hoarding causing the plumbing problem or making the damage worse? I'm imagining a situation where there is junk in the area where the leak is, which prevents them from cleaning it quickly and then the mold is much worse. That would probably be deemed something like "failure to mitigate" on your sister's/mom's part. It is the landlord's responsibility to fix the issues, but it is also the tenant's responsibility to take reasonable measures to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Although I can't imagine any landlord/property owner that would be ok just letting this go! Do you have documentation showing that they notified the landlord about the problem? The landlord might be trying to set up a situation where they can claim the security deposit or go after your mom and sister for the damage if they failed to notify. It would be really unusual for a landlord to risk their property that way though. Good luck!
Posted: 14 July 2015 - 06:11 PM
I have an older sister that lives with my mother in a rental apartment. My sister is a massive hoarder and has been this way as long as I can remember. The rental they are living in has a plumbing issue in the bathroom and water is leaking through the wall into my sisters room and is creating mold throughout the bedroom. Although I want to contact the count regarding the landlord and their responsibilities regarding the implied warranty of habitability, the county says that one must take care of the residence and hoarding IS NOT taking care of the home. I'm at a loss and feel that I will have to move my mother out of the home in order to remedy the situation, but I feel my mother will still be financially responsible.
I'm at a loss and need some advice. Please, someone give me information that might help. I'm pulling my hair out!!
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