The Act does not make specific reference to mould, but it does detail requirements about the standard maintenance of a property throughout the agreement.
- It is the responsibility of the tenant to notify the property manager/owner of any serious/extensive mould problem.
- If the mould is a result of an issue in the property, such as a roof leak, it is generally the property owner/landlord’s responsibility to clean the mould and make any repairs necessary to maintain the property in good repair.
- If the tenant caused the mould, they are responsible for its removal and may have to pay for to repair any damage caused.
- At the first sign of any problem, the property manager/owner and tenant should discuss the issue.
An example of who’s responsible: if the tenant continually allowed steam to build up in the bathroom without proper ventilation and/or regular cleaning, resulting in mould, then the tenant may be liable. If the mould is a result of a structural issue, e.g. a roof leak, then the lessor would be liable for the repairs.