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Validity of Mold Prevention Addendums to Residential Leases in Florida

Mold contamination in rental properties can lead to serious health issues and significant property damage for their occupants, making it essential for tenants to understand their legal rights and responsibilities. In Florida, the recent case of Johnston-Gebre v. Invitation Homes has brought attention to the enforceability of the "Mold Information and Prevention Addendum" often included and attached to residential leases from large corporate landlords such as Invitation Homes. This article explores the implications of this case and clarifies the legal responsibilities of landlords regarding mold in rental properties.  Many of our clients complain that landlords and their management agents refuse to remediate mold complains due to the existence and attachment of the Mold Information and Prevention Addendum to the [...]

2024-05-15T13:57:15-05:00May 2024|Tenant Rights|0 Comments

Flooded Apartments at Arden Villas near UCF from Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian caused historic flooding at the Arden Villas Apartment complex near UCF. The Arden Villas apartment complex which is primarily occupied by students who attend University of Central Florida suffered historic flooded as a result of the storm.  The water levels were so high that cars were flooded out and water began breaching the doors, windows and foundations of the first floor apartments.  Residents were forced to evacuate, many requiring the assistance of the National Guard.  There have been newspaper reports that the management office for Arden Villas has not been immediately responsive to the concerns of the residents.

2022-10-01T14:28:40-05:00October 2022|Tenant Rights|0 Comments

The Mold Lawyers Obtains Judgment Against Landlord Who Failed to Maintain Leased Apartment

On June 4, 2021, a Broward County Circuit Judge entered a Final Judgment against a Landlord for failing to maintain a leased apartment of a Mold Lawyers client pursuant to Florida Statute 83.51.  The Court awarded damages in various categories including reimbursement of previously paid rent, refund of security deposit, moving expenses, storage fees, replacement of damaged clothing and furniture, temporary hotel stays, application fees for renting a new apartment, lost wages, and reimbursement of medical expenses.

2021-10-13T09:13:20-05:00June 2021|Case Results, Tenant Rights|0 Comments

Does a Tenant Have to Pay the Lease Early Termination Fee if the Apartment or Home has Mold?

Are you a Florida tenant being unjustly charged for an early lease termination due to mold or water damage? Discover how to legally avoid these penalties, ensuring your rights are protected. Dive into the intricacies of Florida's landlord-tenant laws and find out how to serve valid notices, ensuring landlords are held accountable for their responsibilities.

2023-10-07T10:11:02-05:00October 2020|Tenant Rights|0 Comments

Is Your Air Conditioning System Causing Mold in your Florida Home?

We often receive phone calls from potential clients inquiring whether the air conditioning system in their home could be the cause of mold exposure related health symptoms.  Mold typically develops in air conditioning systems when the system is not regularly maintained, including the regular changing of the air filters and cleaning of the evaporator  coils.  Mold will also develop if the air conditioning equipment is not properly dehumidifying the air.  Some signs that your air conditioning system may be circulating mold in your home is if you smell a strong mold/musty type odor when you run the air conditioning, if the home feels unusually humid, if your monthly electric bill is higher than normal, if you see dark circular [...]

2020-01-19T22:15:28-05:00June 2018|Moldy Buildings, Tenant Rights|0 Comments

Mold Exposure Case Against Waypoint Homes Featured on ABC World News Tonight

One of our toxic mold exposure cases was recently featured on the national television news program, "ABC World News Tonight with David Muir".  The same story also aired on the ABC News magazine, "Nightline".  The case was filed on behalf of our clients Bruce Nicholson, Lisa Daspit and their two year old daughter Brielle against Waypoint Homes.  Waypoint Homes and Invitation Homes are nationwide corporate landlords and are reported to have a combined 9,403 rental homes in South Florida and another 8,829 homes in the Tampa area.  The lawsuit alleges that Waypoint Homes' failure to address the maintenance requests of our clients resulted in the collapse of the ceiling in their living room and the un-mitigated water intrusion resulted in [...]

2019-02-01T15:04:53-05:00November 2017|Tenant Rights|0 Comments

What Laws Protect Florida Residents from Mold?

Explore Florida's mold protection laws and understand the critical differences compared to states like California and Texas. Dive into tenant protection regulations and mold assessment requirements, and discover the steps tenants and condo owners should take when faced with mold issues.

The Mold Lawyer Featured on WSVN Channel 7 News

The Mold Lawyers were recently featured on WSVN Channel 7 news in a segment called "Mold Mystery" for one of our toxic mold lawsuits against the Oakwood Manor Apartments in Hollywood, Florida.  Three of our clients filed suit against the building owners for toxic mold exposure resulting from water intrusion from an unrepaired roof.  Channel 7 news did a special report on the hidden health dangers of living in an apartment or home with toxic black mold and potential health effects that one can suffer from exposure to the mold.  If you have toxic mold in your home, it is important to take immediate action and we recommend reading our mold guide on the proper steps to take if you have been [...]

2018-04-28T16:26:22-05:00July 2016|Tenant Rights|0 Comments

Tenants Successfully Defend Eviction Due to Mold

Mold lawyer Matthew Militzok successfully defended an eviction action brought by the landlord of a home against the tenants.  Prior to the landlord filing the eviction, the tenants had put the landlord on written notice that the property did not meet minimum housing standards due to the on-going and substantial roof leaks and the rampant growth of toxic black mold in the property.  When the tenants withheld rent after the landlord refused to fix the issues with the home, the landlord posted a 3-day notice to pay rent or vacate.  When the tenants refused to do either, the landlord decided to sue the tenants for eviction.  After depositing the disputed rent money into the court registry, as required by Florida Statutes [...]

2018-12-02T09:20:13-05:00February 2016|Tenant Rights|0 Comments

Can a Tenant Break a Lease Because of Mold?

We frequently receive calls from tenants asking, "how can I break my lease because of mold"?  A tenant residing in Florida has certain legal rights when the landlord fails to maintain the premises.  Due to the warm and humid climate in South Florida, it is common for tenants to have roof leaks, air conditioning leaks and pipe bursts all of which introduces water into the property.  Once water breaches the inside of the property and it is not immediately dried out and left untreated, it can result in the growth of toxic black mold.  Mold can typically be visible as discoloration on the walls and ceilings inside the premises.  Tenants often tell us that they verbally inform the landlord [...]

2020-01-27T10:04:50-05:00February 2016|Tenant Rights, Top|0 Comments