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Lettings – Watch out for Condensation

Why is it that tenanted properties appear to be damper than those that are owner-occupied?

Well, firstly we’re talking about condensation, not rising or penetrating damp.

Condensation is caused when warm air, which holds more water vapour, meets a cold surface, forming water droplets.  This may attract fungal growths such as mildew leading to that “damp smell”.

Most tenants, including ours at Grace & Rose, are very house proud, however some may not spend as much time in a property as owner occupiers, meaning less fresh air will circulate around the property.  Older properties without cavity wall-insulation may have colder walls and are therefore more prone to condensation.  However, newer properties also pose a problem being so well insulated but with insufficient ventilation.  Condensation can occur in either.

Landlords have a responsibility to provide habitable accommodation, however, tenants have a responsibility to minimize and deal with condensation and prevent mould growth and here are some very simple methods that your tenants can follow to mitigate it:

  • Ensure the property is evenly heated on a warm constant heat, especially in winter.
  • Maintain periodic heating in all rooms, even if unoccupied.
  • Use lids on saucepans, open windows and use extractors when cooking.
  • Open windows if drying clothes indoors – clothes should not be dried on radiators.
  • Ensure a non-condensing tumble dryer is adequately vented outside.
  • Leave gaps around freestanding furniture to allow air to circulate.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation in high moisture areas eg. kitchen and bathroom.
  • Always use bathroom extractor fans, especially in bathrooms with no windows.
  • Ensure window “trickle vents” are always left open, even in winter.
  • Wipe away any mould using gloves/mask (don’t disturb by brushing/vacuuming).

As Managing Agents who inspect our properties regularly throughout the year, we have a keen eye and nose for damp and we make sure that our tenants are following the above simple rules, so that your property remains in the best condition possible.

8th December 2017

Dean Caldon

Managing Director

Grace & Rose Estate & Letting Agent

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