California's Tenant Protection Law

CA Senate Bill 655 signed into law October 9, 2017 provides authority  to local government agencies to address mold complaints in substandard  housing.  He further says that by expanding the definition of a crime,  this bill would impose a state-mandated program requiring local  agencies to have health or code enforcement officers trained in mold  inspection practices.

Since the local agencies have the power to inspect and require  remediation, we strongly suggest that this is the time to introduce  yourself and your professional certification to your local authorities.

 

 LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

 

 SB 655, as introduced, Mitchell. Housing standards: mold.

 

   (1) The State Housing Law, which is administered by the Department  of Housing and Community Development, prescribes standards for  buildings used for human habitation and establishes definitions for

this purpose. The law provides that a building, or a portion of it, in  which certain conditions are found to exist, such as a lack of  sanitation, as specified, is substandard. The law provides that a  violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor.

   This bill would specify that visible or otherwise demonstrable  mold growth, excepting mold caused by inappropriate housekeeping  practices or improper use of ventilation, is a type of inadequate  sanitation and therefore a substandard condition. The bill would  define mold as living or dead fungi or its related products or parts,  including spores and hyphae. By expanding the definition of a crime,  this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

   (2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse  local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the  state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that  reimbursement.

 

"Our bodies are not meant to breathe

the pollutants found indoors"