Landlords beware of condensation

A useful condensation guide for landlords

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A report issued by the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has warned landlords to beware condensation and the problems that arise from condensation in a property.

Lanndlord condensation checklist

The AIIC has released a checklist alongside the report that landlords should give to tenants to ensure that properties are kept free from damp. To reduce the need for condensation treatment tenants should:

  • Dry all windows and surfaces that have become wet. Wring out the cloth thoroughly and do not leave to dry on the radiator.
  • Keep the temperature inside the property and a constant level.
  • Try to always hang washing outside. If this is not possible then try to dry in the bathroom with the window slightly open, door shut and ventilation fan on.
  • Ensure that any extractor fans in the home are working properly.
  • If you own a tumble dryer then ensure it is well ventilated to the outside.
  • Ventilate the kitchen and bathroom for at least 20 minutes after use through opening a window and/or having an extractor fan on.
  • Potentially have a dehumidifier to take the condensation out the air can be a wise move.
  • Not dry washing on radiators as it will add to the moisture in the air.

Condensation can cause health issues

The chair of the AIIC, Pat Barber, has explained that not only can condensation be damaging to a property but that it can cause health issues also. Mr Barber commented: “The mould fungi have been identified as the source of many health problems, including infections, asthma, allergies and sinusitis. Moulds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxins that may cause reactions in humans.”

Mr Barber also explained that keeping condensation to an acceptable level makes not only good financial sense but will mean that tenants are not having health issues due to the condensation problem.

The Rotter on condensation

The Rotter, aka Les Meikle of Wise Property Care, commented: "most people are unaware of the serious health issues that can be caused by condensation and black mould within a property. In fact, very recently, the PCA held a debate on toxic mould and the poor health and respiratory problems it can cause. 

"Certainly, condensation and mould issues are becoming an all to common problem within properties.  It is understandable however, as with the improvements to building design to insulate our properties coupled together with an unwillingness to open windows to allow fresh air into a property during the winter months, excess moisture within our homes simply has nowhere to escape. 

"However, it would amaze you what simply lifestyle changes and a few condensation treatment tips can do to help improve condensation and mould problems within a property."

More information on damp and condensation issues

For more information on damp and condensation issues then visit the following web pages: