D.C. Mold Legislation Enacted

On September 9th, 2014, Congress passed D.C. Act 20-365 (Air Quality Amendment Act of 2014), part of which amended the Rental Housing Act of 1985. This “mold” amendment directly impacts property owners/managers, mold inspectors, and mold remediators.

The Rental Housing Act of 1985 was amended to:

  • Require a residential property owner to disclose indoor mold contamination to a tenant;
  • Provide definitions for indoor mold, Professional indoor mold assessment, and Professional indoor mold remediation;
  • Require the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to set a threshold of indoor mold beyond which professional remediation is required;
  • Require DDOE to issue standards and certifications for indoor mold assessment and remediation;
  • Require a residential property owner to remediate indoor mold.

What it means:

  • DC will require certifications/licenses for individuals that perform mold assessments or mold remediation.
  • A threshold level of indoor mold contamination will be established that requires remediation at residential properties.
  • Indoor mold assessment methods and standards will be established.
  • Performance standards and work practices for conducting mold remediation will be established.
  • Submission of a mold remediation report to DDOE and the residential tenant upon completion of remediation activities may be required.

What is next? Standards and certification will be developed and issued for a public comment period. The following is a link to the Act: http://bit.ly/1v3lm1g

AMA will continue to provide updates on the D.C. Mold Regulations.