When you own your own home, there are many measures you take to ensure it is safe for living in for you and your family. However, when you are a rental tenant, you have to rely on the landlord to handle this aspect of home maintenance on your behalf, and this is not always what happens. This is especially true when it comes to radon gas mitigation. Because radon gas is not a great topic of discussion for most landlords or even a major concern, radon mitigation measures inside of rental units is not very common. As a tenant, this can put you in an awkward predicament. Take a look at some of the most common questions renters tend to have about radon gas mitigation in a rented home.
Should the landlord be legally responsible to install radon mitigation system?
If you have had the rented property you live in tested for radon and it has been determined the levels are too high for safe living, there is no doubt you will want to have some form of mitigation performed. However, because you are not the homeowner, it is unlikely that you will invest the money in a property that is not yours. In these situations, it is best to talk to the landlord and let them know that there is a problem with radon gas in the property. While there may not be legal requirements in your state, most property owners will pay to have mitigation systems installed for the safety of their tenants.
Are there things you can do to reduce levels of radon in a home that do not involve installing a mitigation system?
There are some things that you can do to reduce the levels of radon gas inside of a home without installing a system, even though having a mitigation system installed is the safest option. For example, you could see radon levels reduced by:
- sealing off cracks in the foundation with caulking
- using your ceiling fans continuously to circulate the air
- opening windows for ventilation throughout the home
If you have to break a lease because of radon gas, will you still be held liable?
In the event your landlord does not work with you to rectify the radon situation in your home, it can be a good idea to relocate if basic methods are not helping reduce the levels to a safe degree. If moving out means that you will have to break your rental lease contract, make sure you keep all documented proof of the radon problem. Later on, if the landlord pursues a claim against you in civil court, you can show this documentation to the judge to prove that the rental property was in a potential threat to the health of you and your family.
For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Great Plains Radon.