Landlords will soon find they have to do more to ensure the health and safety of their tenants, thanks to new government plans to overhaul standards for rented accommodation.
It was noted that although the majority of landlords are responsible and take pride in the homes they put on the market, there are still some private renters who find themselves living in sub-standard homes with problems that include damp and poor heating.
New powers have been handed down to local councils to help tackle those in the industry who rent out overcrowded homes, with fines of up to £30,000 for landlords found to be non-compliant.
And action is also due to be taken to make sure carbon monoxide rules are still fit for purpose, helping to protect inhabitants from the threat of the silent killer… carbon monoxide poisoning.
A review is set to be carried out that will look into whether minimum standards should be introduced for common health and safety issues in rented homes in order to protect renters and keep them safe.
Heather Wheeler, housing minister, commented on the news, saying: “Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure in their own home.
“These reviews will allow us to revisit the current systems for health and safety ratings and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure that both are fit for purpose and meeting the needs of tenants.
“By looking again at these rules, we can make sure that they are working as they should to keep people safe and give them peace of mind in their homes.”
If you’re a landlord and you’re aware that one of your properties does have a problem with damp, you’d be wise to get this sorted out as soon as possible in light of these forthcoming reviews.
Health problems like asthma, allergies and respiratory infections can be the result of damp and mould at home, and the immune system can also be affected – so your renters could really suffer if you don’t do something about it soon.
Mould and damp are both caused by excess moisture, the result of leaking pipes perhaps or rising damp in ground floors and basements. It could also be down to rain coming in because of damage to the roof or window frames on the property.
Even new-build homes can have damp issues if the water used during the construction phase is still drying out, such as in the plaster on the walls.
Your first step should be to try and work out why you’ve got damp and mould, finding out what’s causing all this excess moisture. Once you know the source, you can take the necessary steps to repair your property or make sure that moisture in the air is limited.
If you think you have a problem with rising damp in your London home, get in touch with us here at Dampcure-Woodcure/30 today.