Do Landlords Have to Deal with Mould?
So, you’re renting a place and you start noticing the dreaded mould beginning to grow. Unfortunately, most of us have been there, but who needs to fix the problem? Is it the tenant that has to face this irritating inconvenience, or does a landlord have any responsibility here? There is often confusion about who is responsible for mould, but really, it actually depends on why the mould is growing, which negotiates that responsibility. Read on to find out your options when it comes to mould.
When is Mould a Landlords Responsibility?
Mould is definitely a landlord’s responsibility if it has been caused by rising or penetrative damp in the property. This is because rising damp and penetrative damp are both caused by an issue with the property’s structure.
Rising damp affects many properties across the UK and can appear in several different forms. But how does it get there? Rising damp occurs when water in the ground, from below a building gets drawn up through the porous materials of a building such as bricks and mortar. This could happen because properties of the buildings built-in damp-proof barrier has been compromised, which inhibits damp being drawn up from the ground.
Penetrating damp is also caused by structural failures. An example of this would be a leaky gutter, which would allow water to seep through into a building’s exterior, causing water damage.
To find out more about treating rising damp, read our blog here.
When is Mould a Tenants Responsibility?
Mould is a tenant’s responsibility when it is caused by issues such as condensation, which is reflective of a tenant’s lifestyle. Condensation is actually the leading cause of damp in the home, which leads to mould growth. Activities such as hanging up washing inside, having a shower, boiling a kettle or cooking dinner create lots of moisture, that usually has no-where to escape. This settles as condensation, which can then cause mould to develop. It’s also worth noting that the more people there are occupying a property, the more moisture is released into the air!
Condensation needs to be kept on top of by a tenant in order to prevent it from creating mould.
Tenants can help this issue by making sure condensation has a place to escape when it’s been released into the air. They can do this by opening windows and properly ventilating a property throughout, most of the day, and also during or after particularly steamy activities, such as a shower.
Damp ideally needs to be properly diagnosed by an expert to understand what the cause of it is, especially before mould can start growing and causing a problem.
What are Landlords Responsibilities for Damp and Mould?
Landlord responsibilities for damp that is caused by structural issues will be determined after a thorough diagnosis. This is also the same for mould. If mould has formed in a tenant’s home, then it is crucial to make sure it is dealt with as quickly and as effectively as possible once the cause of the mould has been identified. This is important for the safety of the tenants mental and physical health, and it is critical that landlords make sure that it doesn’t affect a tenant in this way.
This is enforced but the HHSRS (The Housing Health and Safety Rating System), a risk-based evaluation tool that helps local authorities identify any potential risks or hazards to health and safety and protect against them in buildings.
To conclude, it’s best to get a professional to determine what the cause of the mould is in a home and then either the landlord or the tenant can treat the mould accordingly.
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