St. Louis weather brings mold, but renters find landlords don’t always fix the problem

Indoor mold can pose a health hazard for people with allergies, asthma or lung illnesses. But there are few regulations for what St. Louis area landlords are required to do about it.
News Story (Missouri)

Durrie Bouscaren
St. Louis Public Radio
October 19, 2015

Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant


Though not all types of mold are harmful, some people— especially those with respiratory illnesses — are more sensitive to it. In St. Louis, a humid climate, aging housing stock and flat roofs all contribute to the likelihood that mold will show up. Almost 20 percent of children in the city of St. Louis have been diagnosed with asthma, according to the Missouri Department of Health. Nationally, the rate is 9.6 percent.

Camp calls mold the new “lead paint.” But unlike lead paint, there aren’t many standards for how landlords address mold. Missouri law and federal law do not include specific statutes regarding the fungus, so lawsuits generally revolve around the “implied warranty of habitability;” whether a house or apartment is safe to live in.