Posted on 04/3/19 in Case Studies

Listen Up Landlords - Updates to Fitness for Human Habitation Bill 2019

Condensation is a Major Headache in Most Homes. New Legislation Means Landlords Must Address the Issue in Their Rented Properties.

Condensation occurs when warm air collides with cold surfaces, or when there's too much humidity in the room. When this moisture-packed warm air comes into contact with a cold surface, it cools down quickly and releases the water, which turns into liquid droplets on the cold surface.

This moisture can be quickly absorbed into wallpaper, carpets, clothes and plaster causing a musty smell and mould growth.

The two main issues which encourage condensation are:

Insufficient ventilation. The steam or water vapour has no escape from the room so settle son surfaces, turning into liquid.

Insufficient heating. Cold surfaces cause the water laden air to convert back into water more readily.

In March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill becomes active and enforceable. The Bill means a rented property must be deemed fit for human habitation. The aim of this bill is to tackle landlords who do not maintain their properties to a reasonable level. One of the key points is that rental properties must be free from damp and ventilated adequately.
Landlords Must Obey the New Law on Condensation in Rented Homes
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Landlords must treat tenants fairly, and at the same time, protect themselves against prosecution.

Property which is offered for rent should have adequate heating and insulation.

If there is evidence of mould, it should be removed using a mouldicide. Ideally, this should be done by a reputable damp specialist who will also carry out a survey to ensure the problem is condensation and not rising damp.

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