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mold issue. Landlord is asking to pay.

Hi All,

I am putting here my query regarding mold which appeared in November on the wallpaper of one exterior wall of the house very badly and increased gradually, 3 months after we moved into the house in Zurich. We informed the landlord about the situation immediately and he told that he will get it fixed and work was started in January. All the renovation including flooring and panting of the house was also done along with the same without our consent where we 3 girls managed to stay in the same room over aperiod of 4 weeks and work was ongoing in 2rooms in parallel.
Now, suddenly landlord dropped us an email and asking us to pay 4266 Francs (3000 (worker) +1266 (material cost)) for the repair of damaged wallpaper which was never discussed before. He is saying its tenant responsibilty and happened due to negligence while we were opening the window almost all the time we were at home. He is saying its tenant responsibilty and happened due to negligence while we were opening the window almost all the time we were at home.
Please suggest what we should do.
Are we responsible to bear the cost as tenant?
Shouldn't the approximate cost be discussed before starting the work?


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www.mieterverband.ch contact them on Monday and explain the situation.
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Tell him to off and be ready to take him to court....it will never get that far
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Re: mold issue. Landlord is asking to pay.

Second the suggestion that you talk to the Mieterverband. In case you do not know, they are a tenants rights organization and offer legal advice regarding such issues - the details vary by kanton, but typically a phone consultation is free for members and a reasonable price for non-members.

It might be that landlords commonly claim mold is caused by tenants, but this does not hold up in court. The Mieterverband would know, and have experience explaining this to landlords. It might be that you are entitled to a rent reduction for the time during which you could not use the entire apartment. Again, the Mieterverband would know, and would be practiced at writing letters explaining this to landlords.
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Re: mold issue. Landlord is asking to pay.

Having had a very similar case (but quite a while ago..) I can't really advise you what you should do, but letting you know what happened to me.

Basically, I'm fairly sure your landlord knows about the mold issues (ie, that the flat tends to get mold very easily) and simply made sure nothing can be seen at the start.

But he'll flat out deny that. Claiming that you did air the room wrong, probably even send you a useless leaflat about "Korrektes Lüften" or similar crap.

NO flat should get mold if you open the windows twice a day. Claiming you should let air go through the flat like 10x a day is a complete joke. And no judge in Switzerland will agree with such claims.

It's NOT your fault if there is mold in your flat. Unless you REALLY do crazy stuff (never open windows, wash thrice a week and let all your clothes dry inside your rooms, etc. etc.)

Usually flats getting mold are ground floor (above cold areas) and from the 50s or 60s, never properly insulated (or, actually, wrongly insulated!)

Personally, in your situation, I'd be looking for a new flat already. The Mieterverband (mentioned already) can be of good help, so join asap. A lawyer will be very expensive, and if it's just going to the Mietgericht, you don't need one. Just document everything you're doing now.

I wish you the best to come out of this situation. It wasn't fun for me, and it won't be fun for you. If you've a landlord similar to the one I had, you'll need a lot of nerves to handle that. It's a shame that such people can't be properly stopped and keep doing such things with (fresh) renters, but thats Switzerland I suppose..
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How about letting the landlord go to court instead of OP
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Re: mold issue. Landlord is asking to pay.

The fact that the landlord had used wallpaper suggests (to me at least) that he was covering something up before the OP moved in.
Wallpaper isn't used that much here.
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