Question: What rights do I have as a renter when mold is present in my apartment? Who pays for the cost of the appraisal?
Answer: This is more of a legal question which we may not adequately answer. However, if the mold growth is due to the landlords neglect, then you have the right to ask them to clean it up and if they don’t you may be able to seek legal help. However, if mold growth is due to the occupants’ lifestyles or activities that generate too much moisture such as steam being generated through cooking, washing, bathing, showering and drying of clothes inside the house, then the landlord can even sue the tenant.
The landlord is responsible for mold growth from straightforward building defects, water leaks from windows, roof, downspouts, guttering, and internal plumbing or anything else that has nothing to do with the tenant.