guidance with probable mold issue
I'd appreciate any guidance and advice on the best way to proceed and what to anticpate with what I think is going to be a serious problem. Here's the deal:
-I've lived in my apt for about 4 years.
-The bldg is small, about 12 units and is 66 years old.
-I'm on the 2nd floor, technically, but below me is storage units.
-My windows are about 12 ft. off the ground.
- I've always had peeling paint in certain problem areas, which I know are not related to mold or water damage, just shoddy plastering and painting.
- For a little over a month I've had a very strong & distinct damp, musty, earthy smell mostly concentrated in the bedroom and bathroom. At one point I was actually able to trace the smell as emanating out of a wall outlet!
-I also started to notice new cracks in the bedroom and bathroom walls, which eventually expanded and peeled off and away. When it's really loose,I usually will peel it off myself as I don't want it to fall in the night, as one of the spots is right above my bed, and in general would just scare the living s--- out of me.
-When I showed the propmgr, he told me the old gentleman above me had left his sink basin running, and it had overflowed into the bedroom (how in the hell he managed to do that, I still can't figure out). He said he was pretty sure that's where the new cracking and peeling was coming from. He stated he could not smell the moldy smell. The smell is not constant. Sometimes it is stonger, esp. if it's been raining or is v. humid. Sometimes it isn't strong or noticable at all. He said they wanted to let it "dry out" some before figuring out the extent of the damage.
-While I actually don't have a problem with the peeling paint (I'll call it "character" or "decayed elegance") - I am concerned about the health issues related to the possiblity of mold. The building owners live in Canada during the summer (I'm in Virginia), and will address the problem when they come down in August.
-What are their legal obligations and what are my rights to having this addressed sooner, since I consider this a potentially serious liability and don't want to get sick.
-Also, for anyone who has ever had this - what was the process of fixing it? I really don't/can't move to a new place, and am wondering how painful this is going to be.
-Lastly,today I showed the propmgr the progression, and he told me the owners are not happy with the guy upstairs, and will probably make him fincially liable for some of it.
Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to make sure I covered the whole situation.
Many thanks for reading!