Mold is an issue that is prevalent in many areas. If you are considering renting a property in the state of Mississippi, it is crucial to understand your rights in order to safeguard yourself and your possessions in the event of mold. Who holds liability for mold in Mississippi?

Under Mississippi law, a tenant must inform the landlord if he/she has actual knowledge of any condition that may cause mold-related damages in the rental unit (Miss. Code Ann. § 89-8- 25(g)).

In this article, you will find all the needed information that you should be aware of when it comes to mold and the landlord-tenant relationship.

Mississippi State mold laws

According to the State of Mississippi Guide to Reducing Health Hazards and Managing Repairs, there are some duties both for landlords and tenants.

Tenants responsibilities

  • Keep the part of the premises that are occupied and use as clean and safe as the condition of the premises permits;
  • All ashes, garbage, rubbish, and other waste must be disposed of from the dwelling unit in a clean and safe manner in compliance with community standards;
  • All plumbing fixtures used by the tenant must be as clean as their condition permits;
  • Use in a reasonable manner all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, on the premises;
  • Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, or remove any part of the premises or knowingly permit any other person to do so;
  • Tenants or their guests must act in a manner that will not disturb a neighbor’s peaceful enjoyment of their premises;
  • Inform the owner on time of any condition of which they have actual knowledge which may cause mold-related damages on the premises;

Resource: List of states and mold laws here

Landlord responsibilities

A landlord’s responsibilities are described in the state Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (2018 Mississippi Code §§ 89-8-1 – 89-8-29) and in federal law (Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act). The following responsibilities refer to the duration of the tenant’s entire stay in the apartment.

  • Comply with the requirements of applicable building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety;
  • Maintaining the dwelling unit, its plumbing, heating, or cooling system, in substantially the same condition as at the inception of the lease, reasonable wear and tear excluded;
  • Providing the EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards.
  • Sharing any known information concerning the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the home or building in the lease;
  • Including a “Lead Warning Statement” in the lease that confirms the landlord has complied with all notification requirements.

How long does the landlord have to fix the mold problem in Mississippi State?

You should inform your landlord about a mold outbreak in the apartment as soon as possible. Because the owners are obliged to provide habitable housing and must make all needed repairs in the apartment within 30 days.

If the landlord does not make the repairs tenants may engage in alternate actions against the landlord by repairing and deducting the cost from the rent.

Landlords are not permitted to evict tenants in retaliation for reporting violations of landlord responsibilities.

Mold disclosure laws in Mississippi

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