Question: I have air sample results for a test conducted by an Inspector in a home that we’re renting. The total spore counts (per cubic meter of air) for the finished basement space are as follows:
- Total airborne fungal spore count: 742600
- Amerospores: 251800,
- Ascospores: 209400,
- Aspergillus/Penicillium: 63400,
- Cladosporium: 6400,
- Unidentified type(1): 240,
- Unidentified type(2): 211600.
Should we be living in this home? I just found out that the previous tenants became very ill, moved out, and disposed off all their furniture. I have tried to understand this report. Could someone please help me? Should we be living here? The landlord won’t do anything. I have asked him to remove the drywall but he won’t. Should we? Thank you for any help you can give.
Answer: If you’re renting the home you may probably consider looking for an alternative home. You may also check if there is a rental housing tribunal or even a public health department in your area and see what help they could offer.