🙋 Landlord’s Question:
Can you offer any advice as my tenants of 5 months are starting to complain about condensation and mould. Is this my problem or the tenants?”
Condensation is a big bug bear of course and if not properly dealt with, it will become a major headache for both tenants and you the landlord.
If the property is not properly heated and ventilated then condensation will build up and eventually lead to mould growth which is capable of growing anywhere from carpet to clothing to ceilings.
In fact there are more disputes between landlords and tenants concerning mould and condensation than any other issue.
Along with the health issues it can bring, mould can be quite costly and difficult to fix. More often than not landlords and tenants will be pointing the finger at each other. Landlords believing that their tenants lifestyle has caused the problem and tenants seeing it as their landlords duty to prevent it appearing.
In my experience tenants will often dry clothes on radiators, shut air vents or block vents with furniture – many easily remedied issues rather than actual faults with the building structure.
3/When cooking, boiling a kettle, taking a shower or bath, ensure that your kitchen or bathroom door are kept closed to prevent steam going into colder rooms which will cause condensation to form.
4/When cooking ensure that you cover your pans with a lid to reduce moisture. Have a window in the cooking room open or if you have an extractor fan fitted, then use it! Don’t turn off the extractor fan or close the window as soon as you finish cooking, leave the fan on or the window open for 10 minutes afterwards to clear the air.
6/If you don’t have an extractor fan in your bathroom or kitchen then make sure that you wipe down the surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen when you have been cooking or taking a shower to remove any moisture that has settled on the surface. This excess moisture that sits on the surface will quickly turn to mould which is difficult to completely remove.
7/Make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from the surrounding walls and don’t block air vents so that air can circulate around the property. Wardrobes if possible should be positioned against internal walls.
8/Double glazing, loft insulation and draft proofing will help to reduce the amount of heat that is lost from a property. Installing insulation will help to keep the temperature of the surfaces inside your property high.
9/Having an adequate amount of heating in your property will improve the internal temperature of surfaces in the house and reduce the likelihood of condensation.
Annually, I always send my tenants a “how to reduce condensation brochure” it helps to jog their little grey cells, you will find lots of free information on Government websites.
Until next week.
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