Disrepair to rented accommodation

Damp, mould and condensation

Damp can:

  • cause mould on walls and furniture
  • make timber window frames rot
  • encourage the growth of mould and mites, and
  • increase the risk of respiratory illness.

Damp can be caused by condensation, so reduce condensation to reduce the risk of damp. We have provided some tips to help you.

Kill and remove mould

  • Wipe down walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash or mould spray.
  • After treatment, redecorate using a good quality anti-fungal paint to help prevent mould from recurring.

Ventilate to remove moisture

  • Do not block ventilators or chimneys
  • Ventilate bathrooms or kitchens and close the doors when these rooms are in use to prevent moisture spreading.

Produce less moisture

  • Cover pans and do not leave kettles boiling
  • Dry washing outdoors, or in a bathroom with door closed and window open.

Heat and insulate your home

Condensation is less likely when the house is warmer.

  • Insulate your loft
  • Consider cavity wall insulation (check if building regulations approval is required)
  • Consider secondary and double glazing
  • In cold weather, keep low background heating on all day, even when there’s no one at home.

If you still have damp, mould and condensation after following these steps, you can report the problem to us. If the problem arises from condensation due to lifestyle and the property has adequate heating and ventilation then we may not be able to assist you. You can find further information in our controlling condensation and mould booklet.