I think I discovered mold on the carpet underneath my luggage while packing. How should I handle this with my landlord?
I'm just assuming this
is mold. It was covered with a layer of white stuff when I moved my luggage out of the way. This is in the closet. I'm renting and the lease expires on Tuesday.
I did a quick google search about who's responsible for mold in Perth, Australia, and this is what the Department of Commerce (and the Residential Tenancies Act) says:
If there is mould or mildew caused by faults in gutters or other fixtures, then you must fix it. On the other hand (where the property allows), the tenant must ensure there is adequate ventilation throughout, to help avoid mould problems in winter.
I'm not sure if this means that I shouldn't have used my luggage as a makeshift wardrobe or if it's just referring to the space in general. (I tend to keep the sliding doors to the closet open and it's generally pretty dry and hot over here.)
I have put boxes and other heavy stuff on carpet without moving it for approximately 1.5 years before without any problems (in Wellington, NZ, which is a lot wetter than Perth). Is it generally a bad idea to put heavy stuff onto carpet?
The only thing I can think of is that the closet shares a wall with the shower, so perhaps there's a slight leakage?
I will ring the Dept. of Commerce on Monday, but in the mean time, please help me figure out if I'm dealing with mold and how I should handle this situation.
I'll be leaving Perth on Tuesday and won't be back for at least 2 months.