inherited tenant is threatening to sue due to mold causing daughters health issues. We've owned the place for 2 months but tenant has been there 3 years. Per his request we did clean some mildew / mold (small spot behind furniture ) and it has not grown back. Do we have a problem?
Stay calm and fight back with kindness and be a gentleman. Everyone has a story and most likely she just want to be heard.
Check your state/local laws on this. They vary dramatically from one place to another.
Also was there a mold disclosure when you purchased?
First of all you can't panic when they threaten to sue. Some people are just that way. If they know they can push your buttons they will. You could have testing done and come back to them with the results. If they complained to the previous owner and it was not disclosed to you that is something you need to address. If this is their first complaint I would let them know that you hate to start the relationship like this with a threat to sue. You addressed their initial issue. and the problem is resolved. What else would they like you to do?
Testing? Maybe you will need to do this. If there is a basis then you will need to remediate but I would be clear to the tenant that if there is no basis that is the end of it. Why did the previous owner sell, was the tenant a problem? If so you will have to set the tone early on that this is a business relationship and you are responsive but not getting into a lot of drama. I wonder how we all survived childhood with all the health issues kids have these days...
I have run into this. Get them out, clean it up and rent to someone else
thank you!!!! feeling better alreay
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