Mould, Fungus or Dampness

It is both a landlords legal responsibility and a duty of care to their tenants to make sure their property is free of damp and mould. Living with damp and mould isn’t only miserable, it also endangers a tenant’s health.

Condensation dampness generally happens when a property can’t deal with normal levels of water vapour because of a lack of insulation, ventilation or heating, or a combination of all of these things. The excess moisture settles on cold surfaces.

Damp is a common problem which many tenants experience when renting accommodation. There are several types of dampness:

  • rising damp, which happens when moisture travels up from the ground through the masonry to the height of about one metre
  • penetrating damp, which happens when water penetrates into the fabric of a building from outside to inside, for example, because of a leaking downpipe
  • construction damp, where dampness is caused by a problem in how the property was designed
  • condensation dampness, which generally happens when a property can’t deal with normal levels of water vapour because of a lack of insulation, ventilation or heating, or a combination of all of these things.

If you’ve reported problems with damp to your landlord and they haven’t done anything about it, there is action that you can take.

 

 

 

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