Beware of Mold New York State Mold Law Takes Effect

If you own, manage or maintain any New York State private or public property that has had a moisture intrusion event, mold growth, resident/occupant complaint, or a due diligence request you need to know if this law applies to you.  On January 1, 2016, New York State’s mold law went into effect.  

According to the law, "mold" means any indoor multi-cellular fungi growth capable of creating toxins that can cause pulmonary, respiratory, neurological or other major illnesses after minimal exposure.  Consequently, a lot of events may fall into the “mold” assessment and remediation regulated definition, so it’s best to be prepared. 

Training is Essential

The new Mold Program, under the direction of the New York State Department of Labor, which is responsible for enforcing Article 32 of the New York State Labor Law, establishes licensing requirements and minimum work standards for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation. There are three main components to the new law:

Training: The Mold Program will protect consumers by requiring contractors to obtain appropriate training prior to being licensed to perform mold assessment, remediation or abatement services.

Licensing: Contractors will not be allowed to advertise or perform covered work without the required license, with limited exceptions such as home or business owners performing work on their own properties.


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  • my coop apt board directors / president had refused to water mitigate and mold remediate after repeated floodings into my apt since sewage has been pouring into my apt from 2003,repeated mold testing showed toxic black molds 4 times.the coop board lawyer employed by them ( levin and glasser law officer-lawyer ginsberg keep saying in court that there is NO molds despite of the fact that the coop board says otherwise-heavy growth . anything else, i can do ? awaiting a court decision.
  • I think your SOP for mold remediation are terrific and projects everywhere should follow suit. Customers will need to pay more for the project but pre and post testing should be completed on every project when it comes to indoor air quality. I wish landlords with rentals would be required to provide a safe and habitable structure. I get so many calls about renters that are living with indoor contamination and the landlord is not doing anything about it and tells the renters to just move out. Also what about these foreclosed homes with major contamination that individuals are purchasing and painting over the mold and re-selling. How do the banks get away with selling a contaminated property in an as in condition. Something needs to be done about these issues.