black mold/mildew on windowsills in rental - our fault
We are six months thru our one year lease here in this house (and we plan to move out when the lease is over). we installed blackout curtains, with the landlords permission, in our childs bedroom. since winter, ive noticed a lot of condensation on the windows when i open them in the mornings. i didn't think about it (ugh!). recently i saw that there is a lot of black looking mold/mildew all around the sills. clearly from all the wetness due to the heavy black out drapes that we have closed all night and for several hours during the day (and sometimes my husband doesnt even open after taking the baby out of the room, them so they are closed 24 hours straight).
there are many posts on mold/mildew so
A) i am scared about our babies/our health (we sleep in the room too). should we pay to get it tested so we know if we are at risk? what test/where do we get this?
B) i know i need to tell the landlord asap but i am scared! will we need to pay for all new windows in that room - so expensive! do we clean as best we are able, and continue to clean regularly, and make a much bigger effort to crack the windows and open the drapes whenever they are not in use, etc. ? What is the worst case scenario - could we be liable?
Any advice on how to present the issue to protect ourselves - i.e. clean it first and then invite the landlord over to inspect...?
I didnt inspect before we moved in , so perhaps there was a little bit there already, but there were no blinds , so it was definitely not to the extent it is now.
Thank you so much - pretty freaked out for HEALTH most of all but also the financial implications.