Damp Problems ‘Biggest Cause Of Tenant Dissatisfaction’

Landlords could see an increase in the number of complaints they receive from tenants about the condition of their property if they fail to get any damp issues under control.

That’s the finding of a recent YouGov survey, which found that damp and mould was the biggest cause of dissatisfaction among tenants, with 51 per cent citing these as the top issues that need to be dealt with. In the private rental sector, this increases to 55 per cent.

Just over one quarter of respondents also stated that there was poor or no ventilation in areas that have high humidity, a factor that’s known to exacerbate damp problems, Builders Merchant Journal reported.

The news provider pointed out that thanks to new legislation which came into force this March, more tenants can now take landlords to court if the homes they rent aren’t fit to live in. The new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 supersedes the previous Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

Under the old regulations, it was only possible for tenants to take their landlords to court over the state of the property they rented if they were paying less than £52 a months (£80 a month in London) in rent. Of course, rents are considerably higher than this now.

If your tenants complain about damp or mould in a property you rent out, contact a damp specialist in London to assess the scale of the problem and suggest the most appropriate and cost-effective remedy.

Condensation can often be a contributing factor, or the cause in itself, so make sure you understand how this affects a property. While there are some things that landlords can do to prevent condensation, such as ensuring adequate ventilation, there are also steps tenants should take, like not drying clothing over radiators and closing the kitchen door when cooking.



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