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Tulsa Health Department Offering Free Workshop to Help Landlords and Tenants

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Pop quiz for landlords and tenants: What happens when leaky plumbing causes mold in a rental?

Give up?

"To remedy that we’ll issue an order to repair and correct so that the landlord or the apartment manager can have the plumbing fixed, and then we recommend they go back and clean and sanitize the area where the mold was growing," said Bernard Dindy with the Tulsa Health Department.

Tulsa Health Department will help landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities at a free workshop on Friday. Housing 101 will cover things those maintenance issues, landlord-tenant law and the Fair Housing Act.

Dindy said it could even help head off tragedy.

"I hate to say it, but it’s, like, every winter, we’ll see a house or an apartment fire where somebody didn’t have proper heating or was using a space heater not in the way that space heater was supposed to be used," Dindy said.

There’s a bigger issue the health department is trying to tackle, too.

"Tulsa is ranked as one of the highest cities in the nation as far as evicting tenants, and that’s something else we’re trying to work on as far as the Landlord Tenant Act is concerned and Legal Aid, try to help mitigate some of that," Dindy said.

Housing 101 is Friday at 8:30 a.m. at Tulsa Health Department North Regional Health and Wellness Center, 5636 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. People who want to register can call 918-595-4200 or email EHSD@tulsa-health.org.