One Of The Most Notable San Francisco Mold Laws And Occupancy Is SB 655.
We Encourage You To Read This Bill Yourself.
The California Apartment Association did a marvelous job of limiting certain provisions in SB 655. However, there remain problems for landlords and tenants.
It is cheaper and easier to both tenants and landlord to listen to both sides of the issues and respond to them with a correction, if possible.
A polite, responsible discussion among adults can usually find a way forward to resolve mold-related problems. However, if routine maintenance is neglected for many years and there are multiple roof patches, etc., etc., then yes, it’s going to get expensive and it’s probable the tenants will need to be temporarily rehoused.
The only thing landlords have to sell is time (occupancy). The only thing tenants are buying is a habitable place to live. If the “polite, respectful discussion” collapses into screaming and threats, expect it to cost everyone a lot more money. Landlords lose renta the tenants and have a vacant unit. Your insurance goes up. The SFDBI can become costly with Notices of Violation and building permits.
Yes, some tenants will say anything when they can’t pay the rent. And yes, a few tenants will allow thirty people to live, shower, and cook in a studio apartment (this is guaranteed to cause mold growth). But there are also landlords that don’t repair toilets for tenants, don’t supply heat or exhaust fans, or deal with pest problems.
No one can clean up mold with bleach or other chemical. All it will do is lighten the surface – the mold will return. It’s necessary to find and fix the leak and remove the moldy building materials. This is not a DIY project! If untrained or supervised workers are allowed to “just hack into it” guaranteed to cross-contaminate the entire area and contents.
Reduce interior humidity from showers and cooking by installing a humidistat bathroom fan. This is wired by your electrician and goes on anytime the interior humidity exceeds 52%. This will create a less favorable environment for mold to grow. It’s noisy. But it works. There is no off switch.