Q: I am a licensed real estate salesperson representing the seller of a condominium. The purchaser noticed evidence of mold during a visit to the condominium and the seller has agreed to remediate the mold. Are there any special requirements for a mold remediation specialist?
A: Yes, the New York State Labor Law was recently amended and now requires that all mold inspection, assessment and remediation specialists be licensed (the “New Law”) by the Commissioner of Labor. Additionally the New Law, which goes into effect July 28, 2015, sets work standards for mold assessment and remediation. In order to become licensed under the New Law, individuals must complete Department of Labor approved training and course work.
Important Tip: In the event that a real estate licensee provides a referral to a mold specialist after July 28, 2015, the real estate licensee should ensure that the mold specialist is properly licensed by the Department of Labor.
The Legal Line Question by:
Neil B. Garfinkel
REBNY Broker Counsel
Partner-in-charge of real estate and banking practices at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP