Mould & condensation in our new home, help!
April 18, 2012 9:01 AM Subscribe
Help! Mould & condensation in both bedrooms of our new home. We are first-time homebuyers and mostly newbs. Do we have any legal rights as buyers, and best way to fix the issue?
posted by theNonsuch to home & garden (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We bought our first home last June and settled in. Everything was mostly going well until the winter -- wherever there were items pushed up against the walls (bed, bookcase, etc.) we started noticing a ton of condensation, which quickly started growing mould. The bedrooms / walls face our back yard.
There was a pre-sale inspection done of the house during the winter which found no mould or condensation, but due to the extent of the issue I'm guessing the previous owners cleaned up everything before the inspector came in. The inspector seems on the level and he would have noticed this issue if it was present - he gave us his number and is easy to contact.
The house was made in the 1930's.
So, two fairly big questions:
1. As buyers, do we have an legal rights against the previous owners? (We live in Toronto, Canada).
2. Is there any way to fix this issue outside of ripping out the walls and putting a new vapour barrier & insulation in?
I plan to buy some anti-fungal spray / cleaner today and we've moved as much as we can away from the walls to increase circulation which has helped. Any other advice is appreciated.