Posted on
February 12th, 2015

Avoid Fines for Damp in Rental Properties

If you are a landlord, it is essential to keep on top of the maintenance and upkeep of your property – both cosmetically and structurally. This helps you ensure the best price for your property, keeps your tenants happy and also gives you peace of mind by preventing any issues rather than having to react to an emergency.

A recent example of a landlord having to pay compensation to tenants due to a badly maintained property can be found here. The landlord was fined almost £3000 due to several issues including an extensive damp problem which was cause by lack of maintenance.

This is a perfect example of how problems can be avoided by preventative measures such as the damp treatments available from us. This is especially a problem in older rental properties, but the small amount of work required is offset by the huge amount of saved time further down the line.

Stories such as this are unfortunately common across the UK with many unscrupulous landlords trying to cut corners. Of course, the vast majority of landlords have much higher regard for their property and the tenants within, and making sure that tenants remain safe, secure and healthy is of the highest importance.

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Regarding this issue, Councillor Faye Abbott, Cabinet member for community development, co-operative and social enterprise, said: “Landlords renting out properties have a legal responsibility and a personal responsibility to the tenants to keep the flats and houses safe and well maintained.

“That’s why the council will not hesitate to prosecute those who choose to ignore their legal obligations and put tenants at risk.”

If you are a landlord, it is imperative that you maintain regular checks on your properties. Damp issues are much easier to prevent than to correct when the problems become more widespread, so make sure that you stay on top of your property maintenance.

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