Molding a Statewide Bill

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A large issue is surrounding the health and well being of many college students that partake in off campus housing. The West Virginia University Student Government Association is  insisting on safer housing laws that will protect renters who are struggling with mold cultivating in their homes. The purpose of the bill is to require that property owners agree to alternative housing options for up to ten days for residents who are suffering from medical problems due to mold. The moral of the story? If you’re trapped in a harmful living environment, you shouldn’t be forced to stay in your whereabouts due to a written lease agreement.

If the bill is passed, it will be quite an improvement for students. I know many tenants in my own neighborhood who aren’t satisfied because of predictable errors. It seems the water pipes in our building are continually leaking or busting and this makes me wonder if that could lead to mold since it thrives in moist areas. Not only can this lead to hazardous conditions, but it’s an inconvenience for residents who have to lug all over their stuff over to use the clubhouse showers (which doesn’t seem sanitary in itself). As renters, we depend on the proprietors to run maintenance issues smoothly. My roommates and I encounter unpredictable situations weekly. At the moment, we don’t run water on one side of our sink because it leaks underneath the cabinet. We’ve had it fixed twice, but maintenance informed us that if it broke again they would have to charge us. This isn’t responsible on their part because the build up of water could potentially harm our health, yet no one wants to be charged for something they didn’t do.

This should be an important issue to the overall community because it’s putting the health and safety of tenants at risk. If you pay to live somewhere, it shouldn’t be at the expense of anyone’s health. With that being said, mold isn’t always visible growing on the walls of your basement. Since this issue is becoming so widespread, i’m taking time out of my day to have my landlord inspect my apartment for any mold infestations. With a small effort, medical problems can be avoided and you can accommodate your guests without them saying, “what’s that musty smell?”


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