Did you know that among the most frequent risks when leasing property especially during the wintertime is being confronted with problems caused by damp, mildew and mould and are considerably more common in older properties but can also impact the newer properties too.
Having dampness in your properties may result in the development of mold which is not just unsightly but more importantly can cause health issues and reactions. As a landlord you have a duty of care in providing safe home which includes not only the construction but also the environment that the tenants have to dwell in.
There were legal cases which have been successful in Court whereby the tenant has since sued the landlord since they have developed health problems by residing in a damp home.
Dampness and mould growth have an influence on the situation in which a tenant has to reside which means you have an obligation to ensure that it is dealt with.
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Dampness is usually due to at least one of these reasons – the entrance of water from a leaky roof or water leak inside the house; damp growing from the ground due to a deficiency of damp proof courses and mold.
So how can you combat these? By carrying out regular property inspections and damp proofing your home, you should be okay. Be really careful that you can check to see whether there are some signs of water leaking out of the ceiling and ceilings, windows and guttering joins as well as internal flows from the bathrooms, sinks and toilets. Check any basements and reduced floor amount for any damp and any other moist stains visible that can be leaking in through the bricks since the mortar has deteriorated.
As for condensation, this is sometimes somewhat tricky.
Condensation occurs when warm air comes in contact with warm drier atmosphere on a surface like a window. As air contains moisture, warm air has the capacity to hold more moisture than cold air therefore that the surplus water is discharged onto the surface. Though condensation may build up due a flaw in the construction of their property such as not enough air brick ventilation etc the vast majority of causes of condensation inside the house are in the life span of its occupants. A scarcity of heating to reduce fuel bills or ventilation steam from kitchens and baths in the long term can lead to mold to grow within these regions. This is also another good thing to look out for when taking out your property inspections and it may be a case that you have to speak to your renters and make sure especially during winter months they’re keeping the house warm to avoid this and keeping themselves warm.