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Old 11-29-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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I just moved into a house in grays harbor and noticed that my allergies are acting up and my daughter often wakes up with a cough. We noticed that the padding under the carpet is completely warn out in the major traffic areas and you can tell that the carpet is very old. I am wondering what the landlord responsibilities are in replacing old carpet in a rental unit and what the chances are that this could be a health hazard.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:36 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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If you're living in Gray's Harbor, chances are your allergies are bothering you because of the mold, not the carpet. If you have severe mold problems, especially black mold, your landlord is obligated to clean it up. But rarely are they required to replace the carpet because you basically approved of it during the walk through and by paying a deposit and rent.

I suggest walking through the house with a bucket of bleach and water, and washing everything down including cupboards, under the sinks, bathrooms and bathroom walls, closets, pantries, etc. Mold gets into everything and is a pain to clean up. If mold has built up in the insulation of the home, it takes some serious work to get rid of it and your landlord will need to deal with it. If he/she won't do anything, you could probably contact the health department to see what your options are.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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If you're living in Gray's Harbor, chances are your allergies are bothering you because of the mold, not the carpet. If you have severe mold problems, especially black mold, your landlord is obligated to clean it up. But rarely are they required to replace the carpet because you basically approved of it during the walk through and by paying a deposit and rent.
Agreed. You accepted the house in "as is" condition when you signed the rental contract and secured the property with your deposit. So strictly speaking if the property is not significantly different from the condition it was in when you signed on the dotted line, the owner/landlord/manager is not necessarily "responsible" to replace anything.

Now having said that, most landlords and management companies are willing to replace items that wear out through the course of normal usage during the rental contract time period. Grays Harbor county and mold seem to go hand in hand given the consistent damp climate there. So you might be fighting a loosing battle with your allergies. Sobefobik is right, scrub down the hard surfaces in the home with a bleach solution. This should help some- at least if mold is the problem. Another thing that can happen from time to time in rental units is that a prior tennant had pets of some sort and their dander is now causing allergies for your family. Pet dander can be hard to get rid of completely even if the carpets were cleaned between tennants.

Perhaps ask the owner/manager if the carpeting and padding could be updated or at least have the padding replaced at some point. Mention your allergey problem and see if you can work something out. If you're a good tennant with a strong rental history and are willing to committ to a longer term lease, many times an owner will oblige a renter with requests for things such as new carpeting just to keep the property occupied in this down economy.

Good Luck!

Last edited by Dendrite; 11-30-2010 at 10:48 AM.. Reason: Spelling
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