Orange County

Orlando State Rep. introduces legislation proposing mold protections for tenants

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two Florida lawmakers are proposing legislation that would put protections into place for tenants regarding mold in their homes.

Rep. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) and Sen. Shevrin Jones (D-Miami Gardens) said the Toxic Mold Protections Act would establish the Toxic Mold Protection Advisory Council to works with the Florida Department of Health to assist in developing limits, standards and guidelines for mold in indoor environments.


“Many people are ill and are not aware that their illness is due to exposure to high levels of toxic molds which are present in their living or work environments,” Thompson said in a statement. “This bill will establish appropriate levels of mold in environments and require that renters or purchasers of properties be informed of the presence of mold.”

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Thompson’s office said there are currently no federal or state regulations addressing a landlord’s rights and duties in relation to mold specifically, nor are there any disclosure requirements for existing mold issues.

This legislation, she said, would change that.

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“Individuals who suffer from respiratory problems or allergic reactions will benefit from this bill which will address unacceptable levels of toxic molds in dwellings,” Thompson said. “This will allow for appropriate diagnosis of illnesses caused by mold.”

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.