Damp & Mould

Damp and Mould

This is a common problem in homes. Older properties tend to suffer more than new ones, but rental properties are particularly prone. The problem can often vary from a small patch of mould or discoloured wallpaper behind the wardrobe, in the very top corner of a bedroom, to serious amounts of mould growth across walls, inside wardrobes and on clothes, furnishings, carpets and in basements.

The main causes of mould:

• Water leaks from windows, roof, downspouts, guttering, internal plumbing and flooding.
• Penetrating damp through walls
• Rising damp – usually caused by non-existent or defective damp proof courses.
• Condensation from high relative humidity in air
• Too much water vapour or steam being generated through cooking, washing, bathing, showering and clothes drying which is allowed to travel throughout the house.
• Inadequate ventilation
• Inadequate heating
• Inadequate cleaning and drying after major water leaks and bursts or floods.

Who is Liable?

Damp and mould caused by building defects such as defective damp proof courses or inadequate facilities are the landlord’s responsibility. However, by far the most common cause of mould growth is condensation.

The true cause of condensation-based mould growth is often a combination of things. It is sometimes caused by inadequacies in the building but very often the main cause of mould growth is the lifestyle of the occupants – the tenants.

For advice please read the leaflet "Keep your home free from damp and mould" on link below.