California's Tenant Protection Law
"Our bodies are not meant to breathe
the pollutants found indoors"
CA Senate Bill 655 signed into law October 9th - 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.