Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

I am a renter that lives in Champaign, Illinois. I have contacted my landlord multiple times about mold in my house/apartment, but nothing gets done. Is there anyone else I can contact?

If you have reported the issue to the landlord and there has been no action, contact the City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Division at (217) 403-7070. You may also file a complaint with the Tenant Union at (217) 352-6220.

What if I am a renter in Urbana, Illinois?

If the issue has not been resolved by the landlord for an Urbana property, contact the City of Urbana Building Safety & Code Division at (217) 384-2443. You may also file a complaint with the Tenant Union at (217) 352-6220.

I am a renter that resides in Champaign County, but outside of Champaign-Urbana. Since my landlord won't fix the mold problem where I live, whom should I call?

Contact the town or village government where you live to find out if the landlord is violating any town or village codes. If you reside in the county outside of town/village limits, contact the Township Supervisor for your area.

There is a statewide set of rights and laws for tenants and landlords. Where do I find information?

Information is available on the State of Illinois Attorney General's website.
See their document titled Landlord & Tenant Rights & Laws (English or Spanish).

I own my home. Is there a government agency that can help me with mold removal or costs associated with removal?

As the homeowner, removing mold from your home is your responsibility. For assistance with remediation, look up "mold remediation" online or in your phone book.

I've read about "toxic molds" that grow in homes and other buildings. Should I be concerned about a serious health risk to me and my family?

The term "toxic mold" is not accurate. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. Hazards presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins should be considered the same as other common molds which can grow in your house. There is always a little mold everywhere - in the air and on many surfaces. There are very few reports that toxigenic molds found inside homes can cause unique or rare health conditions such as pulmonary hemorrhage or memory loss. These case reports are rare, and a causal link between the presence of the toxigenic mold and these conditions has not been proven. (See facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and other molds - CDC).

A common-sense approach should be used for any mold contamination existing inside buildings and homes. The common health concerns from molds include hay fever-like allergic symptoms. Certain individuals with chronic respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma) may experience difficulty breathing. Individuals with immune suppression may be at increased risk for infection from molds. If you or your family members have these conditions, a qualified medical clinician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment. For the most part, one should take routine measures to prevent mold growth in the home.

Who are the people who are most at risk for health problems associated with exposure to mold?

People with allergies may be more sensitive to molds. People with immune suppression or underlying lung disease are more susceptible to fungal infections.

How can I clean areas of mold in my home or business?

The guidelines for cleaning smaller areas (less than 30 square feet) of mold growth include the following practices:

The guidelines for cleaning areas of mold growth larger than 30 square feet (roughly the size of a sheet of dry wall) include these additional practices, which may require the services of a professional mold remediator:

Some information has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health.