Upset tenants at a Montreal high rise were abruptly ordered to move from their homes without notice earlier this month. They were greeted at their doors by city inspectors who wore filtration masks donned to protect them from exposure to mold and other moisture issues that have plagued the building. The inspectors informed them of the city’s decision to evacuate the building until the mold and other maintenance issues were dealt with.
Police were on hand to keep the peace as the unhappy tenants were taken to a nearby YMCA. The move by city officials comes as a result of legal actions taken against the landlord, who’s apparently notorious for his neglect of rental units and has a history of non-compliance with city ordered repairs.
In Toronto, tenant associations and the councillor for the Jane and Finch corridor urged the city to make similar moves against poorly maintained buildings earlier this year. Mold and other moisture related issues are among several listed as being common to the area.
As the buildings in our big cities like Toronto and Montreal age and economic prospects continue to tighten, the issue of poorly maintained buildings comes more and more to the forefront. Water leaks from the outside or indoors via faulty plumbing can easily create pockets of moisture where unhealthy mold can flourish.
Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord, mold is a serious issue with well documented effects on human and animal health, and it needs to be addressed by the experts. A prevailing stale and musty odour and small black spots along a bathroom wall are often your first clues that you have a mold infestation in your home.
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