sharing lead-based paint concern w/ landlady
I'm continuing to have problems with the house I am renting and am hoping to save up enough money to move out this summer. My most recent concern is paint chipping in the bathroom. It made me aware that the paint has quite a few layers thick, and it might be lead-based paint. There's also a black-colored mold growing between the paint layers. There are no children in my home, and the chipping paint is obscured from view by a covered catbox. More of it can be found around the bathroom sink area. How dangerous is this? We have three roaming cats who go in that room, and quite a few rats that love hiding back there. I see no evidence that they are eating the chips, but they're not gonna be allowed near that area just in case. Should I try testing the paint myself before complaining to the landlady? How do I get things fixed around here while not escalating my complaints into her kicking me out? It's a month-to-month lease, so she can kick me out with or without cause. I do need a better place, but I need time to save up so I can move. I've noticed that poor people seem particularly susceptible to skeevy landlords and slumlords, I can't possibly be the only one here with a landlady who seems quite reluctant to do basic repairs.