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Landlords are being urged to carry out mid-tenancy inspections of their rental property, with February being the optimum time to do so, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC).
This is because it is currently the time of year when many homes will be suffering from mould, generally caused by condensation problems.
Landlords are advised to carry out a mid-terms inspection in the next few weeks in order to spot the problem and stop it from spreading. “There are many causes of mould, but in rental properties it is generally down to lack of ventilation or the incorrect drying of wet washing,” said a spokesperson for Discount Insurance.
“It can also be caused by blocked guttering and missing roof tiles or on-going leak. The sooner the problem is spotted, the quicker it can be nipped in the bud before it escalates,” added the spokesperson.
HMOs are often more susceptible to mould and damp problems as they have many tenants each doing their own washing and drying, as well as showering, however the problems can also be prevalent in properties with just a single tenant.
The AIIC advises that landlords make sure that any signs of mould build-up are not down to external factors, such as a lack of ventilation or any other problem they could sort out themselves.
If they believe that the problem is being caused by bad living conditions caused by the tenant, then they should inform them in writing of what action to take. “If mould is not dealt with on a regular basis the resulting damage could cause both tenant and landlord a lot of money at the end of a tenancy,” says Patricia Barber, Chair of the AIIC.
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