Landlord and Tenant - Mobile Home Parks

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Question: I rent a mobile. This mobile now has black mold inside the walls and in closets everywhere. The landlord tells me just to move, that it's only from the monsoon. I can't afford to move. Isn't he responsible for the condition of the mobile?

Answer:

Arizona Revised Statutes Residential Landlord Tenant Act applies as the mobile home itself is rented as premises. A.R.S. § 33-1324 says that a landlord shall maintain the premises in compliance with building codes affecting health and safety and make repairs to keep the premises fit and habitable and clean and safe. A.R.S. § 33-1363 says that if the landlord fails to comply with A.R.S. § 33-1324, and the reasonable cost of compliance is less that three hundred dollars, or eaquals 1/2 of monthly rent, the tenant may recover damages in a lawsuit or can notify the landlord in writing of the tenant's intention to correct the problem. The landlord then has ten days in which to make repairs, and if not done, the tenant can cuase the repairs to be done by a licensed contractor. After that, the tenant can deduct the cost of the repairs from the monthly rent.

Comments:

On 6/12/07
Beth said
Obviously, one person doesn't know alot about black mold! you can't just take warm bleach water and wipe "mold" away.....this is an infestation growing in the walls, in the insulation, the walls, the baseboard, causing serious health problems!

On 6/2/07
Rebecca said
The tenant might not be able to clean the mold up due to infirmity, risk of being exposed to a toxic substance or allergen, and some of the mold may be inaccessible (between baseboard & wall).

On 1/18/07
Sarah said
Tell the renter to clean her own home! It takes water with bleach in it. Wipe everything down. Why does the landlord have to clean her home?

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