27 Dec

Beware of damp in rental properties, experts warn

Beware of damp in rental properties, experts warn

Landlords and lettings agents have been warned about the risk of allowing damp and mould to become a problem in rental properties. 

If tenant complaints surrounding such issues are ignored, landlords could be forced to pay out for personal injury claims and even fines amounting up to £5,000, Letrisks has warned.

Homes in Britain often suffer from condensation and mould in residential properties, particularly in the winter. The problem typically persists in kitchens and bathrooms before spreading to colder areas of the building. 

Damp manifests itself as droplets of water on the inside of windows and on walls, and if this is not properly tackled, it can lead to mould growth around the house on everything from furniture to tenants’ clothing. 

As well as damaging property, mould spores can cause serious health risks, including infections, allergies, sinusitis and asthma. 

The organisation advises that landlords and letting agents should carry out good building maintenance and check there is adequate ventilation. 

Michael Portman, managing director of Letrisks, commented: “For properties that already have a serious mould problem, the best option is to call a professional who can diagnose the cause of the mould and remove it.”ADNFCR-1222-ID-801676604-ADNFCR

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