|Mold and Indoor Air
Indoor mold growth can usually be seen or smelled. In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is not needed. There are no health or exposure-based standards that you can use to evaluate a mold sampling result. The Florida Department of Health does not recommend mold testing or sampling to see if you have a mold problem, or to see what kind of mold might be growing. All indoor mold growth should be removed, regardless of type. For answers to more frequently asked questions about mold please review Indoor Mold and Health.
Indoor Air Quality Complaints in Apartments and Hotels
Apartments, hotels and motels are regulated as public lodging establishments by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), Division of Hotels and Restaurants. If you have a problem or complaint regarding any issue including sanitation and safety with these type of establishments, contact DBPR Division of Hotels and Restaurants. You may file a complaint with the DBPR call service center by phone at 850-487-1395 or online.
Landlord Tenant Issues Related to Indoor Air Quality/Mold Issues
Single family residences, duplexes, triplexes, and apartments under four units are covered under the Florida Landlord/Tenant Law. Most unresolved landlord-tenant issues related to indoor air quality or mold are best handled using the local court system. For legal information regarding this topic please contact your attorney.For more information on indoor air in Florida, visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/community/indoor-air/ or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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