CA SB655 Housing Standards: Mold - New law detailsCA SB655 Housing Standards: Mold - New law details
This law applies to government health and code enforcement officers who work for the state health department or local government building departments. CA SB655 grants the authority to require mold remediation work when there is a tenant issue involved.
This new power to require a landlord perform mold abatement has never existed before (not before the year 2016). In the past, (prior to 2016) the code enforcement officers only issued the landlord or property owner a "notice to repair," which provided the landlord or property owner a reasonable amount of time to make a correction, but the laws ignored the mold and all a landlord had to do was fix a leak or paint a wall, not remove mold or perform clearance testing.
One effect of this law will be that when the first mold abatement notice goes out to a landlord, and it gets on the news and internet news feeds, there will be a large demand for certified mold inspectors and remediators.
California does not have any licensing requirements for mold inspection or mold remediation, but the mold remediation course is accepted by insurance companies to get paid for insurance work on properties. Also, the inspection courses are approved by NAMRI, which is the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors. The mold inspection courses will teach how to inspect, sample and clearance test for mold.
SB655 enforcement: This law applies to health and code enforcement officers, so the authority to enforce the law rests with the state health department or local government building department. These government agencies have the authority to require mold remediation work when there is a tenant issue involved.