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Mold, Mildew, and Apartments

Mitch_ConnorsMitch_Connors Registered User regular
edited January 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I am looking for housing as indicated in a previous thread.

I found an apartment complex close to downtown and close to my work. It is decently priced for the area and looks pretty good.

This place recently changed hands and was shutdown around the middle to early fall season, renovated, and reopened earlier this month. It looks pretty good with new carpets, cabinets, and appliances. They also repainted the rooms and the exterior areas of the buildings.

Here is my problem:

I took a look at the apartments and at the end of the tour asked the realtor if apartments had previously had a problem with mold. She said she believed 2 apartments in one of buildings had a problem with mold but would look into and get back to me on it.

She called me back saying “all the rooms save two had a slight mildew, but not a mold, problem and all were treated” and only one had a problem that required serious work.

Plus I noticed that it looked like the old paint was just painted over and not sanded down and repainted in at least two closets I saw.

Question:

Do you think she is just splitting hairs over the mildew vs. mold?

If it has been properly treated, would it be worth-while?

Should I ask for a special clause in my contract that allows me to get out of the place if turns out to be more of a problem if than indicated?

Any thoughts or opinions?

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I'd request a copy of the last mold inspection (which they must have done after the work was finished to comply with building codes) and ensure that your unit was officially inspected to be mold free. If she can't / won't make that available, I'd move onto another location.

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    Mitch_ConnorsMitch_Connors Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I think the state of Washington does not require mold inspections.

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I think the state of Washington does not require mold inspections.

    Then I would hire an independent inspector to make sure the unit is clean. Mold can lead to a host of health problems and it's really not worth the risk.

    Honestly though, there are other apartments out there. This looks to be shaping up to be a lot more trouble than it's worth.

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