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The Tenancy Deposit Scheme’s charitable foundation has released a report ‘How do we stamp out damp, condensation and mould in the private rented sector?‘
Kate Faulkner of designsonproperty.co.uk was provided a grant by the TDS to write a series of reports (this is the fourth) for the private rented sector designed to increase knowledge and to promote best practice for the PRS in the UK.
To see the full report please Click Here.
The report showed that 38% of all tenants had experienced damp issues and 41% mould problems.
Kate said, ““damp and mould is undoubtedly one of the biggest problems in the UK PRS effecting the lives and properties of literally millions of people, but the problem is completely avoidable. By tackling these perennial problems, we can significantly improve the PRS, not only in terms of the quality of the tenants’ experience, but also the value of properties and landlords’ yields.”
The report is designed to help landlords, tenants, agents and the government work together to reduce confusion over whose responsibility it is for prevention, identification and treatment.
In conclusion the report finds “there is more scope for the industry and government to work
together to introduce steps to minimise the chance of properties being let with damp and
mould issues. This requires more effort on behalf of brokers, lenders, insurers, agents and
the industry itself, if necessary introducing additional government legislation.
“The biggest difference, though, can be made quickly by educating landlords better on how to
fix damp, mould and condensation problems and alerting tenants to what they can do to help
avoid it developing in the first place.”
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