How To Make My Landlord Deal with Water Damage and Mold in Bathroom?

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Q: In painting our new apartment bathroom, we discovered that the previous paint the landlord had used had began to bubble up around the shower head. The paint on the entire wall began to peel away, uncovering a giant, unsightly water damage stain…

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… around the shower head, and dark speckles of what looks like mold. Its seems like there's a leak. I called my landlord and told him about the problem. He did not believe that there was mold, and I'm worried that he might refuse to fix the problem (He DID paint over the stain, after all. He is aware of its existence.) Where to begin, what to do!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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