Listing a Home for Sale? Legislative Changes Relating to Indoor Mold Disclosure
ATTENTION All Homeowners Listing Your Homes this Month and Beyond
Starting June 14, 2023, you are now required to disclose the existence of indoor mold to any prospective buyer.
When NY Real Property Law Article 14 (§§460 – 467) was signed into law, most sellers were required to complete a statutory form Property Condition Disclosure Statement (commonly referred to a PCDS). Among the long question list, under the heading ENVIRONMENTAL, Question 18 asked whether any petroleum products or hazardous or toxic substances known to have been spilled, leaked, or otherwise released on or from the home onto other property. Although radon, asbestos, petroleum and hazardous or toxic substances are addressed, nothing was asked about or required disclosure of the presence of mold in the home.
In December 2022, Governor Hochul signed an amendment to the PCDS to add the phrase “OR OTHER MATERIAL” to the Environmental “Note To Seller” and a new question 19-a:
19-a. Has the property been tested for indoor mold? If yes, attach
a copy of the report ………………………………………………….o Yes o No o Unknown
In support of this change to the form, the accompanying Legislative Memo, among other reasons, states that:
- The history of mold must be disclosed to prevent further growth.
- Indoor mold has been referred to as “killer mold”; this is because the health risks associated with certain types of mold are tremendous.
In representing buyers, we recommended that they consider having a mold inspection/test, where they have a concern or where mold evidence is present.
If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about your rights when encountering this type of situation, either as a buyer or seller, please feel free to contact Lou at email@example.com or give him a call at 585-512-3534.
 There are a number of exemptions in Article 14 including home sales by an estate, court order or transfers within family. You should consult with your attorney if you have questions whether the seller has an obligation to provide a PCDS.
Lou Morin is recognized as one of the preeminent attorneys in Western New York for real estate and bankruptcy matters. A frequent guest lecturer for bar association and realtor groups, Lou has also served on committees which have revised and improved the standard forms used by realtors and attorneys for residential real estate transactions. Lou also maintains an active bankruptcy and business workout practice.
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