Can Mold Lead To A Lawsuit?
Commercial property owners are often subject to lawsuits when mold is found in their buildings. Many mold insurance claims are filed under liability when employees or tenants sue for damages that occur as the result of mold in the place where they work or reside.
There are three main reasons building managers in Tempe, AZ, are subjected to lawsuits when their buildings have a fungus infestation.
1. Improper Maintenance
Mold remediation services are often needed after another problem has already happened. That is, the mold is the secondary damage, whereas something such as water damage caused by a slowly leaking pipe or a flood is the source of the problem. Tenants in the building may sue the landlord for neglecting to take care of those maintenance issues in a timely manner.
2. Uninhabitable Space
A building manager has a contractual obligation to provide a safe place for tenants to live or work. Many tenants who have to file mold insurance claims view the existence of fungus growth as the manager’s failure to live up to that part of their agreement. If tenants cannot inhabit the space or if office space cannot be used as it was intended, those bringing the lawsuit against the manager may have a good case.
3. Property Damage
Your property insurance for your commercial holdings may cover a wide variety of problems. When an accident occurs, it’s good to know that you have a policy that can help relieve some of the costs for which you are responsible. If a tenant’s property is damaged by a mold issue in your building, you may have to file a mold claim with your insurance company to compensate the tenant for the loss.
Mold in your commercial property affects not only you but everyone who spends any length of time in the building. Prevention or quick mitigation can save you the trouble of mold insurance claims as well as a related lawsuit.
If you suspect mold call SERVPRO of North Tempe (480) 456-0000 and we'll send a certified, trained technician to inspect.
SERVPRO of North Tempe is the best choice when it comes to handling mold damage in your home or workplace. Our team is quick to respond and follow all guidelines that are required by the state to complete a mold job.