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Call of the Week: Concerned about condensation

Call of the week

With temperatures getting cooler and central heating systems being turned on, you and your tenants may notice more condensation in your property.

Our call of the week this week is from a landlord who was concerned about the amount of condensation in their property.

Condensation can form on any surface and it may not be noticed until mould growth or rotting of material occurs.

This week, a landlord called us saying that one of his tenants had complained to him that they had noticed there was a lot of condensation on the windows in several rooms of the property. The issue was so bad that every morning the tenant had to use a cloth to wipe the access water away.

The landlord called our advice team and wanted to know if there was anything they could do to sort out the condensation problem.

Our advice

The private rented sector has the highest incidence of condensation and dampness and is one of the main reasons tenants complain to their local Council, so it important that landlords are aware of the issue and how to deal with it.

Our advisor began by telling this member that condensation forms more easily on cold surfaces, for example walls and ceilings. Because of this fact, in order to reduce the amount of condensation it is a good idea to make sure surfaces are kept warm. This can be done by improving insulation to the property, as well as draught-proofing windows and doors. Thermostats should also ideally be kept to the same temperature in every room of the property. It is also a good idea to improve ventilation in the property, but without creating a draught.

Your home can be ventilated without creating draughts by:
• Installing an extractor fan, they only consume 1/5 the power of a 100watt bulbs.
• If you are replacing windows, ensure they have trickle ventilators

Our advisor also suggested that it may be beneficial for this landlord to sign up to our Condensation and Damp course which has dates in Leeds and Manchester.Throughout the month of October, we are offering 30% off selected courses including this one. This means that you can sign up to this course today for £45.50 if you are an RLA member, and £54.60 if you are not a member of the RLA. Book your place here.

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3 Comments

  • Curious contradiction in the advice above “draught-proofing windows and doors.” “It is also a good idea to improve ventilation in the property.”

  • We have had significant condensation at our apartment- it has sealed windows with no prospect of additional ventilation through extraction fans. We therefore installed a small de-humidifier and asked the tenant to stop drying clothes on an airer. This has significant reduced the condensation on the windows.

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