Avoiding Condensation and Mould literature?

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11:21 AM, 15th January 2021
About a month ago

Avoiding Condensation and Mould literature?

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Avoiding Condensation and Mould literature?

I have a very young couple who are entering their first winter in one of my flats. They have just told me they are getting mould in some areas within the flat.

They are pretty naive and are not taking reasonable steps themselves to stop the root problem of condensation (backed up my the electrician who said they were drying wet towels on rads etc and not using the storage heaters in any of the rooms preferring fan heaters instead).

Has anyone got a short, snappy, readable and understandable guide they either refer tenants to (or give your own tenants), that I could use please to help them?

Thanks

Reluctant Landlord

Comments

TaraB

12:02 PM, 15th January 2021
About a month ago

I use this one from Hamilton Fraser- fits on one page and covers the points.

https://hamiltonfraser.co.uk/knowledge/winter-tenant-advice/

Scroll down that link and you’ll See the download

Kent Landlord

14:44 PM, 15th January 2021
About a month ago

You really need to look into fitting a positive pressure ventilation unit, having been in your position with a newly modernised flat and tenants drying all their washing on the radiators because it was cheaper than using the washer dryer supplied !!! We had streaming walls and mould starting....... after some research we installed the Nuaire system with built in heater £400 IIRC fitted it myself it is powered from the lighting circuit so they can't easily switch it off !! it will circulate air around the property giving the same effect as opening a window slightly (basically you need to remove the moisture laden air) I'm afraid just asking a tenant to air the property is a waste of time they won't because they say it will make the flat cold !! what they don't realise is moisture laden air is harder and more expensive to heat !! I also cored a couple of air vents to help get the damp air out !! no more streaming walls, no more streaming windows and no more mould, I even called out our council environmental officer prior to fitting the unit and he said i was wasting my money !! " tell them to open a window " was his remedy !! we now have 9 flats all fitted with the positive pressure systems they can be loft mounted or wall mounted for those with no loft space. My install advice is to ask your electrician to mount the fused spur where the tenant can't easily pull it to deactivate the blower !! you really do have to " out smart " some of them lol.... Hope this helps Simon

Colin Brammeld

14:52 PM, 15th January 2021
About a month ago

I use this from a local authority. It can be adapted (remove council phone numbers etc) Nice and colourful to grab the attention of those with low concentration span.

http://dacorum.gov.uk/docs/default-source/environment-health/condensation-leaflet-2017.pdf?sfvrsn=4

reader

19:10 PM, 15th January 2021
About a month ago

Totally agree with Kent landlord the units work well IF the tenants keep them switched on. The mold fungi were the size of mushrooms until we identified the source of the external moisture solved it, and then used the units to compenstae for the single skinned building that naturally suffers from condensaton.
My agents handle tenants, so I have not read it, but does not the How to Rent booklet explain about condensation.

Badger

18:10 PM, 19th January 2021
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Kent Landlord at 15/01/2021 - 14:44
" I also cored a couple of air vents..."

How do you manage to avoid these being deliberately blocked off?


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