A landlord posted on our Forum this week, concerned about damp in one of their properties. The damp had led to mould growing in the property, and complaints from tenants.
The landlord had already given the tenants a moisture eliminator for every room, which are in working order. The landlord has already given the tenants advice on lifestyle changes they can make to try to reduce the issue. This included opening windows, not drying washing inside-however the problem still exists.
The landlord wanted to get advice from other landlords on our Forum about what he could do next. Specifically, he wanted to know whether installing extractor fans in the bathroom and kitchen would be worth doing.
The response from our Landlord Advice Team
Our advice team responded to this landlord’s query with a number of suggestions.
The advisor began by suggesting that this landlord needs to take further measure to try to eliminate the problem from the property.
The advisor first suggested that they employ a damp specialist in order to review the problem. The damp specialist will be able to tell the landlord exactly which type of fan they need, and where in the property would be best to install it, in order to remedy the issue.
For example, extractor fans are often useful in tackling the issue of damp or condensation issues. Automated or temperature sensitive fans which the tenants can’t turn off, can also be useful.
If the damp specialist finds that the damp is likely a problem caused by the tenants lifestyle, and they are willing to put this in writing, then if the issue continues to arise there is potential for the landlord to bill the tenants the cost of taking further action in the future. This is not necessarily something the landlord has to do and they will always face the cost at first instance but it keeps your options open.
- The Fitness for Human Habitation Act comes into force on March 20th in England. This legislation amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 so that landlords must ensure their property is fit for human habitation at the start of the tenancy and then maintain this standard throughout rest of the time the tenant lives in the property. Read our guide on this for landlords here.
- Read the original Forum Post here.
- The RLA runs a Condensation and Damp course. With dates in Manchester and London, book your place here.
- You can also read the RLA’s guide on How to Reduce Condensation here