Posted on
October 2nd, 2015

What Landlords Need To Know About Damp

As a property owner, you will know that problems do occasionally occur. Damp is one of the most common household problems and is something that you will probably have seen on more than one occasion. It is really important that you understand your responsibility for damp so that you can avoid any disputes or arguments with your tenants.

In many cases, you will be responsible for damp.

If the structure of the building is the cause of the damp, then this means that you are responsible for fixing it. This means that you will be expected to fix the problem, whether this means installing wall membrane, repainting with a specialist additive or damp proofing the building. In instances where windows can’t be opened for any reason, this is another thing that you will have to look at fixing as excess moisture is one of the main causes of damp. If you tenant tells you about a damp problem, you should inspect the building as soon as possible to prevent the problem from escalating further.

Your tenants could get ill.

Not only can damp damage the building, but it also poses a serious threat to those who are exposed to it. Allergic reactions, respiratory problems and breathing difficulties are just a few of the illnesses that your tenants could face if the come into contact with damp. It can also worsen asthma, in some cases, to life-threatening extremes. If your tenant becomes ill because of the damp in their home, you could have a law suit on your hands which is why it is always better to deal with the problem before it escalates.

Damp doesn’t just go away.

Unfortunately, damp doesn’t just go away and needs to be treated properly. There are many products out there to help you with this and the method you require will depend on the type of damp affecting your tenant’s home. Mould eradication kits, floor coatings and paint seals are just a few damp products that are available. If you aren’t sure which one is best for you, consult with a professional before making the decision. You should also encourage your tenants to improve ventilation in their home by opening windows when showering and cooking, as this will help to prevent the build-up of moisture. If they do this, you shouldn’t have to deal with the problem again anytime soon.

If you want advice from the experts, please get in touch with Dampkits today. You can call 0845 400 6666 or email info@dampkits.co.uk.

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